Loyalty and Compliance

Let me give another twist to the term “loyalty.” Sometimes the word “loyalty” can be used to shape up others when leaders over a leader want “compliance.” Example I have served some great leaders in the past, men like Thomas Trask, Tom Greene and Vauldie Lambert. These men are incredible leaders, visionaries and full of integrity. Never once have I questioned their character. It was easy for me to give them my loyalty because I could trust them. When under Christ men live well and lead well they deserve loyalty.
Compliance is another thing all together in leadership. Compliance demanded by those who lead without integrity, without wisdom and without yielding to the consultation of their team is dangerous. In these situations the compliance should be a burden of the leader and not the team. If the leader cannot comply with the teams feelings then he should never expect the teams loyalty. Why, you might ask. Because we follow the Lord, righteousness and the Word of God. Our loyalty is to a higher source than the under-shepherds. We are not being disloyal by staying true to the higher source. We are all subject to Christ and we are His subjects. As a leader one has to line up with submission to leaders whom God places over us until that leader veers from submission to Christ. Then is when my loyalty to Christ can save or salvage my leader. If I humbly will correct a leader under Christ and over me when he errs and he will be compliant then he has earned my loyalty. 
All leaders make mistakes in judgement! I have never served one leader whom has not erred in decisions. What shows their greatness is how they respond when the results show a mistake has been made or others around them warn them of their mistakes. These men should be followed because they are leaders who follow a higher source than themselves. We are all under the Lord and all our compliance is to Him and loyalty to those who follow Christ. 
In a nutshell, followers should be loyal to leaders who are compliant to Christ! But when compliance to Christ and correction by others is absent then followers should place their loyalty to Christ and not in men. The Church belongs to Christ! We are the sheep of His pasture! The shepherds also belong to Christ and lead for Him and not themselves!