Policies can take on a life of their own. Soon we can start relying on and deferring to church polity over God and His power. But, it is God’s power than enables us to be the Church, not our policies.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)
Policies Cannot Do What God Can
Church policies lead to outward conformity. They cannot change hearts. Only God’s power brings inward transformation.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. (Eph. 3:16-17a)
If we depend on policies to get people to be the Church we can become legalistic, confusing people with a works-oriented environment, when in reality, only by God’s grace and power will we be who we should be and do what we should do. The Church is not about our policies but about God’s presence and power.
As we’ve seen in previous posts, they can be useful in the Church. However, they lose their benefit when they take on a life of their own.
Perspective Needed to Prevent Policies from Taking on a Life of Their Own:
- Policies must not be viewed as the final word. God’s Word is. Even if they line up with Scripture, we portray a different message when always referring to them.
- Policies must be seen as more of a behind-the-scenes tool to help us function within the parameters of God’s design for the Church, not the prime focus.
- Policies must be in place to serve us. We are not to serve the policies. They must never supplant God’s role in our lives.