Words of Hope: Accountability

Dad had great accountability partners. One of his is also a dear friend of mine. His name is Bobby Moore. He was Dad’s pastor, his workout coach, and close friend. Though Dad was much older than Bobby, he gave Bobby authority to question any part of his life. He gave Bobby unlimited access to see into his character, his home, and his relationships. Dad wanted above all to be a godly man. Shann is committed to this level of accountability. He meets with some close friends who hold him accountable to goals of marriage and relational purity and has for almost thirty years.

Accountability is crucial. It’s a must for marriages, churches, businesses and organizations, parents, and kids. Shann and I listened to the tragic Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast. How easy it is for our leaders to create pseudo systems of accountability. Many people fail to truly understand the principles of accountability. It can even become a pretext for secretly continuing dangerous or sinful behavior. Sadly, the best accountability systems in the world don’t work if a person wants to hide the truth. Accountability only works with an attitude of total brokenness, truthfulness, and submission.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7