Someone asked, “Why are there politics in the church?”
Without trying to be condescending I answered simply…
Because there are people in the church.
Where people gather…things will often get political
Special interests. Personal agendas. Group platforms. Jockeying for position, power and influence.
Sounds like politics to me.
Sounds like church.
We shouldn’t be surprised when politics appear in the church. Frankly, I would be more surprised if there wasn’t and I grow a little suspicious of what is being hidden when there isn’t.
Just being honest and speaking from experience.
Remember James and John…two of Jesus’ closest disciples? (Mark 10:35-45)
Sounds somewhat political to me. Jockeying. Platforms. Agendas. Special interests.
How did Jesus reply?
Jesus knew that the desire for position was normal. He didn’t scold them. He validated their position as disciples. He also didn’t give into them. He helped them understand their greater role as servants and redirected their attention to what was more important. He used the political opportunity for a greater Kingdom purpose.
Don’t be surprised at the politics in the church. In fact, expect it. There are people involved. Don’t be led by politics. Find ways to redirect attention, refocus energies, and point people to the greater good.
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Ron Edmondson serves as the senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and has an impressive history of church planting and church growth. A nationally known Christian leader, he was raised in a Christian home and active in his home church, First Baptist Church of Clarksville, Tennessee, serving as a lay leader, deacon, Sunday School director, and teacher. After twenty years in business, including time owning an insurance agency and a small manufacturing company, Ron heard God’s call to ministry.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Ron’s strong theological background guides him to teach faithfully from Scripture. Ron identifies himself as a wisdom seeker and a teacher.
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