The “More You Know” series of PSA’s were produced for NBC beginning in 1989. Tom Brokaw did the first one. Celebrities soon followed. I grew up with Schoolhouse Rocks on ABC in between my cartoons on Saturday mornings. The purpose was to educate while also grabbing your attention. The series on NBC was designed around educational awareness.
The truth is that the more you know, the more responsibility you have.
“I told him that I am gong to judge his family forever because of the iniquity he knows about: his sons are cursing God, and he has not stopped them.” 1 Samuel 3:13
Eli is the prophet in charge at this time. He knows his sons are doing wrong. God certainly knows as well. The problem is that Eli is doing nothing about the situation. He has grown older and his sons are doing most of the work at this time. However, that does remove the responsibility that Eli has. He is supposed to rein them in and enforce the boundaries God established. He is not doing this and God is going to render judgment on him and his family.
Knowledge is power. At least, that is what I learned from Schoolhouse Rock! on Saturday mornings. However, with that power comes great responsibility.
Whether you are in charge of a project, a people, or just one person, here are a few reminders:
- You likely have an awareness of issues. As I manage the group I do, there are many things I am aware of that others are not. So do you. From your perch, you can see the inner workings of people and the group dynamics of your organization. Eli knew what his sons were doing. Either because EVERYONE told him or he saw it himself. Regardless, he knew. He was aware.
- Your awareness is a call to action. Years ago, a couple was struggling in their relationship. I asked the husband to step out of his volunteer role for a brief time so they could focus on their marriage. In the moment, he was very frustrated with me. Later, he understood. Eli chose not to do anything. God judged him for it. If you know, then act.
- Your action will cause a reaction. Over the years, I have noticed that Newton’s law operates within the scope of human personality too. Jim was in a position for which he was not qualified. I asked him to step down until such a time as he was better suited for the task at hand. He did, but others just could not understand. The Bible is clear, but our minds are not.
For those in leadership, we must hold fast to what we have in Scripture. We use our education and experience to navigate, but our north star must be the scriptures.
Your guidance, O Lord, is true and straight. May we not look to the left or right but keep our eyes on Jesus, our minds on scripture, and hearts filled with love. Amen.