CAN CHURCH POLITICS DESTROY A MINISTRY?

Leonard Lovett, PhD

Nail in handRighteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people” –Proverbs 14:34

     Aristotle the renowned Greek philosopher defined politics as “the art of achieving the possible.” Church politics has a tendency to destroy what is possible and leaves carnage and multiple casualties strewn in its pathway. Church politics is fueled by several factors such as the lust for power, dominance, selfishness, greed, avarice, self-aggrandizement, vice and unrestrained wickedness. 1. Church politics is the sledge hammer that destroys the careers and lives of others without any remorse. An unrestrained lust for power is at the heart of such senseless behavior. The dictum by the Englishman Lord Acton is fitting: “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”   An unrestrained lust for power in the church has not only destroyed careers but has divided families and in some instances resulted in the death of sisters and brothers in the faith. A church leader once told me that the way to remove a person from office is to withdraw the resources from that particular position. To this day I wonder whether this leader has a clue as to the meaning of deceit. 2. Church politics is the cancer in the church that turns brothers and sisters against each other for all the wrong reasons…

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