The Remedy for Church Politics and Competition
Politics and competition… Do we deal with it in the Church? Is it causing us to be weak? What is the remedy? Stick with me in this article and I hope to answer these questions.
In 2 Samuel 3, David said, “I’m weak today, but just remember I was anointed for this…” The saddest part of this story in 2 Samuel 3 is that the enemies of David were not the problem. He was weak because of the actions of the people in the same kingdom.
The source of David’s weakness in this moment is found in 2 Samuel 3:1, “…there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David…” But the real root of all the problems in Israel you will find in 1 Samuel 8:5-7, “…Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.”
God always intended for Israel to be governed by prophets who could hear His voice and declare the word of the Lord, until the true King, Messiah, would come. That day Israel traded the prophetic for politics, and that opened the door to every evil thing.
David’s entire kingship, from beginning to the end, was full of blood and murder because of politics. The prophetic brought holiness, purity, unity, direction, and victory. The politics brought competition, envy, jealousy, strife, pride, and corruption. The competition between man and authority was so overwhelming during the transition of Saul to David. Everyone wanted a position, a place of notoriety, and was willing to kill for their position. Churches today are full of the same thing. They may not be slashing people with swords but they are killing others with their words.
David was weak because he was vexed in spirit. He was tormented by the ruthless attitude of the brethren in the kingdom. The people were willing to kill for power and bragged to David about who they killed expecting David to be happy about it.
There are people today who have been anointed by God for a specific assignment that are weak and vexed…not because of spiritual warfare but because of politics in the church. Politics in the church is the pursuit of power. It plays off the lust of the flesh, eyes, and the pride of life and is willing to gossip to ruin someone’s ministry. It exposes other’s weaknesses to authority expecting to take their place.
David was vexed because He knew he was anointed for this work by the prophetic, but people were still being killed by the politics. The prophetic sees and hears God. The prophetic only cares to be obedient and pleasing to God. Politics see and hear man. Politics only care for position and power to “please people”.
What is the remedy for politics? THREE WORDS: Purity – Humility – Unity
Let’s start with purity. 1 Peter 1:22 “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart…” Purity of heart is the motivations of the heart towards God and others. The thoughts and the intents of the heart is what the Bible calls it.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8) Politics doesn’t void the anointing, but it sure kills it. Our impure motives, selfish ambitions, cause us only to see what God is doing in ourselves. But the pure in heart see God in others!
Now, let’s talk about humility. “The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.” (Luke 22:26) We get our pride from Adam, so we must have our humility from Christ.
Andrew Murray said, “Humility is one of the chief and highest virtues, one of the most difficult to attain, and one to which our first and greatest efforts ought to be directed.”
We need to consider how far advanced Jesus disciples were while this grace of humility was still lacking. Once they were disputing about who should be the greatest. Another time the sons of Zebedee, with their mother, had asked for first places-the seats on the right hand and left hand of Jesus in glory. There was contention even at the Last Supper between the disciples when they disputed who should be the greatest. All of these moments were from the breeding ground of politics that had been started since the days of Saul in Israel. So don’t think you aren’t subject to this exhortation for humility. Humility before God is nothing if it is not proven in humility before others.
Andrew Murray also said, “Our humility before God has no value except as it prepares us to reveal the humility of Jesus to our fellowmen.”
Last but not least is unity, which cannot be obtained without first purity and humility. Unity is focusing and pursuing the same thing. Joel’s great army had everyone walking in his or her own place, not breaking rank. The Bible calls it one mind, or one accord. Marching to the beat of the same drum. Where there is unity (Psalms 133:1-3) God commands his blessing.
Purity – Humility – Unity is the lifestyle of a revival people.
We need a people that can look at each other and say, “I know your weak, but your anointed for this, the dream is still alive, the promise is before you!”
Let’s be that people.
by Mark Casto