Politics and the Church
A politician must learn to communicate in multiple, often competing, realities. That is why her job is so difficult and near to impossible to navigate cleanly. When her heart, which is set to serve others, enters a system where winning and losing are the same thing, where truth is rarely straight forward and where doing good requires money to change hands, weariness and distress pull her down. Those who expected great things see failure even when she’s making the best choices possible. Her servant’s heart must choose between leading in a manner that inherently creates conflict or remove herself from the leadership position altogether. What a choice!
But that is the essence of leadership – knowing that the best decision is not the easiest decision and being willing to move forward anyway. Her naiveté once knew the difference between right and wrong. Now those notions seem childish and ignorant. In order to survive she must reorient herself to the idea that every good decision has negative consequences. With every decision she creates friends and enemies. She was not raised like this. No one prepared her for life in the lion’s den.
A Church that trains up leaders without a real understanding of the complex nature of leadership positions is a Church without representation in political office. A leader may surface and enter this realm of competing realities, but she is set up for failure from day one. Navigating the complexities of political life, let alone the personalities who thrive on subjective truth and nuanced social norms, must be learned on the job instead of coming from previous training. This is not a fair fight. Her innocence is tainted and emotional walls of ‘savvy’ political speak are raised. It affects her entire life. She becomes disillusioned with her lack of preparedness and seeks refuge in worldly systems that enable her peers to survive.
In order for the existing Church to raise capable leaders equipped for the political realm, something must change.