In this post I turn my attention towards the church and show how corruption enters God’s people’s hope, spoiling and polluting the church. This is not so much a direct hit on King Country people as it has been on the Ruapehu District Council’s leadership, it’s more using a recent interaction as an example showings how politics corrupts God’s ideal in a general sense.
The story that triggered this post is a single conversation with one local Pastor here in the King Country but it has two strands – one what he said, and the other what he did. I won’t go into the actual details of the case because it is personal and
I’ve pissed off enough people already in this town it is irrelevant to the lessons to take home from it.
On discussing the needs of a friend with this Pastor, I gave him a quick run-down on who I was, the Ministry that I conduct (spiritualising things as I can with a man who runs a church and is therefore comfortable with such language) and he came to the conclusion that while the role of ‘speaking it like it is’ comes to me clearly, it couldn’t be his . . . despite his claim of wishing to be able to speak out about things that were wrong in the town’s leadership.
Squashing this down into the essence of our little chat, I said, “I make a habit of shooting straight, calling corruption out when I saw it; generally ending up in the middle of things whether I like it or not. The oppressed and the little guys (usually the same people) generally love me for it. The big guys (usually the rich and powerful) hate me.”
He said, “Yeah, I’d love to be able to do what you do, but I can’t get into any politics . . . I’ve got a church to run!”
Can you see where this is headed?
I never said anything . . . I just gave him the lead, he processed it in due course the way he wanted to and then he told me to bugger off. Sweetly of course, because he’s a Pastor and Christians, especially Pastors, have to be sweet when they tell you to bugger off!
So here’s a few things that concern me over this story:
- There is no reason on planet earth that anyone (Pastor, Priest or Candlemaker) cannot speak the truth. None. They just have to be ready to pay the price. Jesus did. We all profess to, but it is exceedingly rare to find people that will pay the price to speak it – all the time. We all stop short at some point. Even Christ’s mate Pete stopped short and put his foot in his mouth – this time by NOT speaking his mind!
- The price that this Pastor I engaged with perceived was that he would p*ss off people in his congregation, actually senior leaders in his team. This is called being “compromised” and it is the inevitable consequences of putting something ahead of the Truth. Generally it is money that catches us out. Often times it is power. When we are prepared to turn away from events or a lifestyle that will cost us – money or power, then we have an effective compromised Ministry. This guy does.
- The church system – a formal denominational structure – has a brand to look after and to protect. It has a defence system, be it theological, financial, legal or social – it only exists because it has that defence system. Systems of any sort but particularly the defensive ones actively act to depower the work of the Holy Spirit. It is in our vulnerability that the Lord outworks His magic not through systems – religious or otherwise. People paid to work within the system are incredibly restricted. Intimacy with an infinite Creator increases in inverse proportion to our commitment to religious systems, to denominations and to the “Church”.
Now none of this prevents God doing His stuff, either within the church, in Taumarunui or anywhere, but the corruption I am talking about here is a hindrance to Him, not a help. I’m not attacking the church, nor this poor dude who probably does his best, despite it being easy to ping him or do this, I’m trying to explain the principles of restricting religious systems and brands vs the power of a direct relationship in which we are free to speak it as it is..
According to the good book, corruption was seeded on planet earth in the Garden of Eden. Mankind chose to go our own way and it may not be easy to accept this but the way to get things back on track is to listen up to what He says to us, then get your Nikes on . . . just do it.
How’s that for something to think about?
King Country Corruption Series
- King Country Corruption 1. Scandal Deepens
- King Country Corruption 2. A Flawed Lotto Application
- King Country Corruption 3. Report on Flawed Lotto Application
- King Country Corruption 4. Behind The Scenes
- King Country Corruption 5. The Solution
- King Country Corruption 6. The Consequences
- King Country Corruption 7. Suing Taumarunui Museum Trust
- King Country Corruption 8. Media Bias
- King Country Corruption 9. The Church
- King Country Corruption 10. The Psychiatric
- King Country Corruption 11. Why they Lie
- King Country Corruption 12. Advice for Fighters