Matthew 7:16 Who preachers are is the main thing, not what they say. A genuine leader will never exploit your emotions or your pocketbook. These diseased trees with their bad apples are going to be chopped down and burned.
I’ve worked for two types of leaders in my experiences. The first type is the pencil pushing, pyramid pundit type. They sit around and rationalize all things from the seclusion of their ivory offices. The second type is the leader/trainer, the coach/mentor, the type who’s in the trenches letting you catch what cannot be taught. The type of leader who’s on the floor with you, leaders like David in his early years, at the front of the battle.
Too often we as Christians try to be word-pushing spin doctors. We seemingly have no problem with the world knowing that we are Christians, or that we may even be leaders. However, that means that we have to maintain a safe distance. Here, Jesus instructs us to examine and, yes, judge the fruit of others. If we live our lives in obscurity, we deny ourselves the necessary fruit inspections that are promoted here. We also deny ourselves the pruning, weeding and nuturing that comes from a fruit-inspecting community. Yet again, we are encouraged to bear it all and show our fruit.