To become a follower does not mean becoming someone who never critiques, never speaks out, or never challenges. And it surely doesn’t mean becoming a lackey who says and does whatever the leader demands. In fact, when we are following a leader, we are in a better position to see what they are doing that’s not good or in the best interests of all concerned.
Sweet emphasizes that followers must speak out when the situation calls for it….
When we fail to stand up to those with stronger personalities or higher rank, we fail to stand up for the truth, at least as we perceive it at the time. When this happens, the overall mission suffers. It loses counsel, respect, and confidence. There is a way to challenge others without belligerent, rebellious, arrogant, or defying attitudes–all the while standing on principle. The failure to challenge others, whether it is their ideas, initiatives, or attitudes does us no favors. We are afraid of being shut down, but the reality is that we already have been. We are the ones who are disrespected, and the voice of God in us will become more and more ignored as time marches on” (pp. 52-53).
Wow! That was powerful!