The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

Is it Gray or Grey? Leadership is often not Black or White

Bible Character: Jesus

But they remained silent.  He looked around at them in anger, and deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.  Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus.  Mark 3: 5-6 NIV

Jesus healed on the Sabbath…and that was “technically” against the rules.

A good leader realizes not all situations can be treated as black or white.  The Pharisees wanted to make all decisions based on a rule of law that had been previously established; with no room for gray.


Jesus showed strength by healing a man on the Sabbath.  Jesus was more concerned about the individual than the rules, even with the realization that he could potentially lose his life for it.

Effective leaders survey the situation and make the best decision for all involved, and many times it is not clearly black or white.


The key verse before Jesus healed on the Sabbath is Mark 3: 4.  Then Jesus asked them, “Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?” NIV

He gave them the opportunity to understand the predicament he was in and why he would perform this miracle, but they remained silent.  He sought open communication with them so they would not be exasperated.  Sometimes people don’t care what the reason is for your decision; they just see that you broke the rules.

It is frustrating to those you lead if you constantly change the rules and do not support employees, but that must be balanced with making sensible decisions.


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