What a week! Seriously…between the GOP debates, the State of the Union Address and the Obama-Brewer bowl(over), nothing else has grabbed the attention of the American public! A further look into the Obama-Brewer situation coupled with the State of the Union address points a glaring finger into today’s church.
Many churches have also found themselves quagmired in the stalemate of governmental proportions. All over the city(the world), Pastors and even auxiliary leaders are struggling to get their God given visions across to parishoners and into motion. The ‘do-nothin’ congress compares to the Board of Trustees and Jan Brewer is represented by the separate and not so secret congregation of members who harshly and not so quietly disagree with the Pastor. It could even be the family of the founding Pastor(who has since died) or lifelong members. Opposition comes in ALL forms and from all angles!
Pastors are having their hands tied by those in power to both ‘vote in'(not implement) and ‘veto’ his plans. Far from the church in the bible (that began when a large assembly larger than attendance in most churches,numbering at least 120 were all on one accord following Jesus’ instructions),today’s church is simply a two headed monster! Long gone are the days when ‘teamwork makes the dream work’. In church as in the government, personal agendas trump anything anyone has set before the collective group of the church.
Jan Brewer,remember her? Well look around the church. She’s there and it may not be a woman! The spirit of Jezebel and insubordination have become more and more prevalent in these days and times. It may very well be a woman,it could be the head of the ‘committee’, it could even be children in the youth program challenging and attempting to usurp the Pastor’s authority. Just a thought…those who continue to challenge the Pastor/leader have NEVER even taken the time to consider themselves actually moving into the position they so vigorously oppose! Look at Brewer as the Governor. Would she stand a chance at the GOP nomination and subsequently the Presidency of the US? Even her Gubernatorial run was challenged as dubious! Those that unapologetically oppose leadership with no intent of actually becoming a leader are akin to a para-plegic claiming to dunk in the NBA.
Who knows, in these days of American politics this may propel Brewer to the forefront and make her the new darling of her party!
Of course, that ‘pointed finger’ reaches beyond the Pastor and goes straight to God Himself. Many are willing to challenge even God the Creator in favor of the way ‘they’ want to run the church! Look around Fort Worth. That finger point has literally pointed right down the middle aisle of churches and has caused many a split!
Church splits are brutal! Much like the invisble partisan line Democrats and Republicans walk each day, church splits are just as brutal and senseless. New churches are popping up in Fort Worth each day. What’s worse, is the name is similar to the church they split from! “Greater” This,”First” That, “New” Church Over Here, and the worst offender of all “First Greater” This and That Church.
When will the day come when all God’s children can reconvene that meeting in the upper room and once again ‘get together’? That will explain why the Fort Worth church conglomerate(and the universal church) are STILL waiting to have THAT ‘time’ we keep singing about…or maybe your church split doesn’t sing those kinds of songs anymore!