Nehemiah was not only a wall builder; he was also a leader who took action. When he realized that in his absence the priests had prepared a large chamber in the temple for Tobiah, the Ammonite official who had directly opposed the work on the wall, Nehemiah acted swiftly to cleanse the chamber. He subsequently confronted the evildoers among the Jews, corrected their many wrongdoings (such as neglecting to provide for the Levites, working on the Sabbath, and marrying foreign wives), and generally purified God’s people from the evil in their midst.
Godly leaders must humbly but courageously confront sin. Satan has been craftily working to disarm churches and fathers by promulgating the thought that to confront sin is not loving. So many churches are silent, allowing sin to continue, all in the name of being loving and inclusive. We “boast” about how God forgives us when we sin but no one dares to confront sinners regarding the forsaking of their sins. Yet true love disciplines and dares to confront sin. (Hebrews 12:6) Doing so will bring God’s blessing to the sinner and to the community!
Today, our nation, our churches, our homes desperately need leaders, like Nehemiah, who not only know what has gone wrong but also have the courage to confront the sins and to act.