We are going to continue our discussion about Politics and Religion. I am going to give you the next couple of characteristics of a "religious politician." This will be my last post on this topic. Let me know what you think. Hit me up on FB or LInked-in, or send me a message on my webpage.
Let's see how author Robert's Liardon describe these kind of individuals.
Characteristic #12. religious politicians give gifts to flatter and make inroads of control into your life and ministry. That is why I call them Mr. Big Bucks. Sometimes people give a great deal of money, thinking that entitles them to have a voice in running your life and ministry.
As a christian, you live in a war, and you have got to keep watching for your enemy in his various disguises. If something shows up on your spiritual "radar" (Your spirit), there's something there. People who live out of their head don't pick up things in their spirit. They don't know God very well. You only know about God by your head. Really knowing God comes from the heart.
Characteristic #13. Religious politicians tell lies about those who threaten their influence. You can preach a sermon, not knowing what the people are involved in, hit their sins head-on, and scare them. The next thing you know, they are trying to ruin your life and ministry, accusing you of doing things you have never done-all because you hit too close to the truth.
In conclusion, how can you stay free from religious politics?I'm glad you asked!
First, make yourself lose all natural desire to be known, respected, or popular. Ministry is not for the sake of how famous you can become or how much money you can accumulate. Ministry is meant to help people find Jesus and grow strong. The ministry is not a matter of choosing an occupation; it is becoming a servant!
I have been preaching for more than ten years and I could probably count on two hands the number of times I have received an offering from my former church or received an offering from an invitation from another church ministry. Most of my ministry experiences and preaching engagements were done "gratis" with no expectation that I would receive a monetary gift/offering. If a gift was offered, I would take it if the Holy Spirit allowed me too.At times I would sow the offering back into the ministry. I believe there is a season that you get to in your ministry, that the blessings of the Lord will allow you to be compensated for your service. But that is not something you can force or expect to occur overnight.
In time, as you are faithful in the ministry, God may give you a big ministry. Those who don't want a big ministry usually get one! People involved in politics can't understand it. It is called a work of the Holy Spirit!
Second, to keep out of religious politics, remember that the purpose of ministry is to introduce people to Jesus, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. so keep your heart focused on God, and keep introducing people to Jesus.
Also don't become discouraged by those who seem to be succeeding quickly through political means. Often, those who are paying the legitimate price are discouraged by phonies who show up with some new "revelation" that isn't biblical, yet people pump thousands of dollars into their ministry. If you are not careful, you may feel like you are not accomplishing anything-yet you are worth far more that those "rocket" ministers who will suddenly explode and disappear.
What matters to me is to get the presence of God into the Church. I want to see His power so manifested that it will shake and rearrange all of us so that we become more like Jesus!
"Hey, stay off the roads! It's still snowing out there" If you are in the "South," get over it lol! We go through this all the time. The climate is changing. Tell your mayors and governors to invest some money in salt and trucks that remove snow and ice. They'll be glad they did. It will only get worse. The Bibles says there is coming a time when we won't be able to tell winter from summer. Read your Bible people. Prophecy is being fulfilled right before your eyes and mind. Have a Blessed Day and:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"