Church politics represent everything that is wrong with Christianity!

One of the things that I like least about church is when politics become more influential than Jesus. If you’ve been around the church world long enough, you understand that many times churches resemble the partisan governance similar to that of democratic governance. And we all know how efficient government can be.

One of the key things that I’m trying to instruct about is that we need to be different from the world, especially in this aspect. No one person is in charge of the church (yes, including me as pastor). We are all under the direction of Christ and under the auspices of the Holy Spirit.

Anytime a church is more political than spiritual, these things are commonplace:

1- Business meetings are contentious and malign the name of Christ

It’s that feeling of dread before the meeting starts, knowing that “brother” Jones is preparing to argue his points and bring the entire moral of the church down. It’s the type of meeting that makes you more discouraged upon leaving than when it started. It’s the type of thing that makes you want to leave the church.

When you have people who politic and try to push their own agendas, instead of seeking Christ’s will, bad things happen.

Churches (including pastors) need to seek God’s will in how their church is governed and how decisions will take place. Without Christ, we might as well call ourselves the Democratic Party of Religious Affinity.

2. An environment that is judgmental and lacks grace

As a church, we never condone sin. NEVER! However, we also understand that Jesus demonstrated grace to those who were earnestly living their lives in search of something greater. His condemnation was reserved for those who were judgmental hypocrites who condemned in the name of religion.

We must understand that our role is to HELP people. We need to model grace and redemption, not kick dirt on people who have failed.

What do we do with the teenage girl who is pregnant? We use the opportunity to try and minister the gospel in her life, not kick her out for failing to conform to our standards. What do we do with the brother who was found drunk? We try and restore his life instead of excommunicating him from our fellowship without a chance for redemption. What do we do with all those who have sinned in a manner that is egregious to our spiritual beliefs? We pray that we approach the subject as God intends.

I’m not saying that we should allow people to sin without license. I’m saying that we, as a church, have to work to restore people first instead of punishing them.

3- Political churches grow for all the wrong reasons

Ideology is a powerful thing. It unites people of different backgrounds for a common purpose. However, church should not be an ideology. Christianity is about relationship with Christ!

We should never try to sway people to our way of living our lives (no matter how great we think we live). Instead, our purpose should be allowing the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to mold people into what he wants them to be.

We can disagree about politics. We can disagree about methods. We can never disagree about Christ’s place in our lives!

Once we have tried a real relationship with Jesus, we understand that there is nothing that can take His place in our lives. As Peter writes:

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1