Read Esther 3
Focus on verse 15
It is surprising how quickly a little bureaucracy can clog up the lines of communication between leaders and those they lead. Typically in western civilization the solution applied to correct this problem is to add another level of bureaucracy in an attempt to make the organization run more efficiently. One of the best examples of how this works to guarantee that leaders become so out of touch with reality as they isolate themselves in their own little fantasy world is modern American government.
Apparently, however, we were not the first to accomplish this. The last verse of this chapter ends with the words “And the king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was thrown into confusion.” Why was the city of Susa in confusion? Because Haman had just convinced the king to issue a decree that on a certain day the non-Jewish people were encouraged to turn on and kill their Jewish friends and neighbors that lived among them. Men, women and children were to be slaughtered and those who did the killing could claim their land and goods. Obviously this kind of message would find a mixed reception among the people, and people would be confused, afraid and perplexed by it.
Haman didn’t find it troublesome because he was the mastermind behind it, and the king didn’t find it troublesome because he had no idea what the extended ramifications of it would be. It may have had some similarities to a more recent event of a few years ago when our congress was urged to approve a certain Affordable Care Act bill without having read it so that they could find out what was in it. Since that fateful day there have been varying levels of confusion across the nation as we continue to discover the ramifications of this legislation.
When leaders get so out of touch with the people they lead that they no longer know what it is like to be among them, their leadership begins to lose its effectiveness. If the disconnect is not corrected, the organization or nation will continue to suffer until it is corrected.