Rearranging chairs on the deck of a sinking ship is an exercise in futility. We've probably heard that old line a hundred times or more, but it's so true in the church today. Why is it that the tendencies of people is to wander away from the important things that Jesus instructed us to be about, and into the land of the petty and trivial things?
Here's a formula that I think applies, then a scenario that explains the formula:
Facing a crisis situation gives way to denial. Denial gives way to diversion of focus. Diversion of focus turns on the church and gives way to criticism. Criticism gives way to argument and division. Argument and division cause a drain of leadership strength and overall ability to address the crisis situation.
Pastors and Leaders, keep your focus. Do not let those who deny the better work and take up magnifying glasses rule your time and mind. In the same way, people of the church... if your church is focusing on the more important ministries of the church, stop draining your leadership with trivial details that have no purpose. Stop building golden calves while others have their priorities in order.
Priorities, people! Priorities.
Focus on these as the most important priorities and let the rest of the trivial details fall away. Church isn't about pleasing the people, it's about pleasing God. It's not about getting your way, it's about Him having His way in you.
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.