I remember when I first started playing basketball; I was in the sixth grade and had just started hanging out with some guys who loved to play… all the time! We were obsessed! It didn’t matter if it was recess time at school or in our driveways at home, all we wanted to do was play basketball.
Interestingly, the more players that got involved the more competitive the games got; We would play hard! Pushing, shoving, diving onto the concrete… win at any cost! At times we would all be so overcome with the brawl of competition that two guys from the same team would come close to killing each other fighting over a loose ball or a rebound, until one of them would finally yell, “Same team, same team!”
In a recent conversation with some co-workers, our casual chatter evolved into an interesting discussion about how some ministers, or people in ministry, will spend an unbelievable amount of time and energy bashing other ministers and ministries. This is a part of the church-world that I really don’t like to talk about much, if only so I don’t get lumped in with any of that mentality. Today, I just feel like blogging my mind a little about this.
It just comes down to one thing: SAME TEAM, SAME TEAM!
In Christian churches, aren’t we all trying to lead people to the same Son of God? …if yours is different, you’ve got bigger trouble than being a snarky-loud-mouth! Stop looking at all of the things that you think some one is doing wrong in their ministry and learn to celebrate the things they are doing well! Don’t get so caught up in the battle that you start to lose sight of who is fighting with you… to win at any cost! When we are taking shots at each other, the world looks at us (all of us!) and just shakes their heads and walks further away from ever darkening the doors of ANY of our churches.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)