Hi @tfloraditch, just a few thoughts and maybe someone has a thought on this as well. I am always amazed at David’s response with Saul. He would not touch the Lord’s anointed even when Saul was trying to kill him. But David did confront Saul on what he was doing as I would understand it. 1 Samuel 24:9 is one example. David questions Saul on why he is believing what people are saying, that David is trying to kill him.
I Samuel 26:19,20 - Again David confronts Saul and asks him why he is trying to kill him. He did nothing wrong. Saul does admit that he was wrong.
I would say that David did confront Saul to his face. But one thing that I do appreciate about David in his dealing with Saul is that when he did eventually leave, he left alone. He didn’t try to get a big army on his side. I think this can happen sometimes when someone is unhappy with what their leader is doing. Try to turn everyone against the leader. Almost in the spirit of Korah which Jude 11 talks against.
What is also interesting to me is that David also faced somewhat of the same thing that Saul did with David. David was a young man that came along and got the hearts of the country and Saul became jealous and tried to kill him. David also faced this with Absolom. Absolom did gather an army to go against David, but David did not stand his ground like Saul. David left the city. Now he did fight later, but his response was not to try to hold onto his authority. He realized where his authority really came from. God gave it to him and God could also take it from him if He so desired.
I believe God has a way of dealing with bad leaders in our lives. He dealt with Saul. And maybe that bad leader is in my life to help me get prepared for the time when I am in a place leadership and am faced with an Absolom in my own life.
Can we make an appeal to them and even confront them with truth? I believe that is allowed by the Bible. But I am hesitant to try to overthrow them.
Paul also gives this admonition in 1 Timothy 5:19-2- 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. (ESV)