While there may be times we need to adapt and compromise in our decisions, adding something not originally intended to be a part of the solution can be a result of politics. Think of how much “pork” is added to bills in the name of compromise in the the political realm, tacking on someone’s personal agenda to get that individual’s vote. Their decision had nothing to do with what was for the good of all but for personal gain. Similarly, church leaders might try to retrofit decisions they need to make to appeal to the masses just so they can get people in the front door, volunteering, or whatever else is needed, but basically what they are doing is playing politics.
The Problem: a lack of goodness, righteousness, and truth
God wants us to live to a higher standard than what we find in the world. — “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” (Eph. 5:8-10)
- If the decision is worth making, then it should be able to stand by itself. We should not have to bribe or manipulate someone into accepting it.
- If we play politics in the church, people soon catch on and look at it similar to any other institution or organization.
Christ-like Decision-Making Guards Against Retrofitted Decisions made for Political Gain:
Read through the Gospels and you will quickly learn that Jesus called it like it is. In helping others make a decision about following Him, He let people know what they would be getting into, giving them the choice to buy into the decision or not (Lk. 9:57-62). He did not tack on something that would appeal more to them just to get them to follow Him. He didn’t play politics.
If we want to be Christ-like leaders, then we need this same kind of integrity, making decisions based on what is good and right, not merely what is expedient or advantageous.