Sometimes the Executive Committee reminds me of the assassination of Julius Caesar, as members of the Senate on the Ides of March took his life (44 B.C.). Hence, we face this paradox: how can you strategize for future success when some might be involved in multiple secret plots with the purpose of working out presidential ruin or long term stagnation?
Executive Committees are more often THAN NOT the biblical scene of an upper room comprised of men and women filled with the Holy Spirit. The real operational description reveals imperfect people jockeying their political agendas or personal worldviews. We might compare it to a scene of people speaking in unknown tongues with appointed self-professed interpreters.
I conclude that if something is not done quickly our president could end up like Julius—when it comes down to a vision for success and progress. Is this “thinking” a positive process that puts all members of the committee in a spiritual position to trust in God?
TWO CONTRASTING PROBLEMS
In the story of Dinah, Jacob and her brothers, the narrator of Genesis mentions no prayer meeting. We can all agree that a real prayer meeting should have a positive impact on people, policies and direction.
As terrible as we interpret the rape of Dinah, surprisingly, the patriarch did not lead the family to a prayer service. That is, Jacob did not seek God for a solution with the question “What should I do?” (Jacob may have been overwhelmed by grief and went into a shut-down mode.) We can learn from the practical stories of the bible and “grasp” the beneficial themes. I know that this is the reason we read the bible—to find answers and solutions.
Instead, Jacob allowed his sons to take control with revenge that dominated their minds for family honor. Their revenge possessed them to the point that they committed genocide against Hamor’s family, killing all the men. This is an example of what happens when we don’t pray and wait for an answer from God. WE TAKE MATTERS INTO OUR OWN HANDS! We then resort to methods and means that are motivated through “thoughtless thinking” that injures the innocent with the idea of upholding God’s honor. Question: When does God’s honor need to be defended by humanity? Can God defend His Honor? I further ask then, does God want us to defend His honor or make righteous decisions? God forbid! He is “all powerful”.
Is the Executive Committee infallible? Is the Committee as a corporate whole capable of making elephantine mistakes? Yes! The parallel analogy that we can draw from the story might be the careless nature of some of our executive committee members who have forgotten to seek God out in prayer for direction (read part I). They are flying incognito. They are scheming, in the “back field”, “in motion” along the shadowy wall of personal preferences that represent their idea of organizational direction. Hence, their agenda might be one of revenge to protect their personal honor. Mr. President, they never will follow any leader unless they are “the leader” or get the position they seek.
Workers fear the Executive Committee because of the mavericks that are allowed to dominate and inflict a “political attitude” on the majority of the sitting members (“If you don’t go along with me you are subject to be moved” is their method of fear as they place their people on sub-committees to further dominate. And believe this, (they can do it through suggestive statements and persuasion). Some men who are on the present committee have dominated the stage of politics in our conference for many years and you can find them operating along the “shadowy wall” of influence at this present time.
We hear much about God’s Will, but how can we know what it is if we don’t ask. We most definitely can conclude that because one person does something wrong—this wrong does not justify revenge as in the mass murder conducted by Levi and Simeon and the rest of the sons who gathered up the spoils, (Just making a possible association here). Prejudice and biases are always operational in an Executive Committee Meeting. Therefore we can conclude that some decisions are not God’s Will. To know God’s Will (the deeper things of God) the Executive Committee would have to be filled with the Holy Spirit—on one accord, with no malicious intent, filled with the grace of Jesus. I believe this could be a reality.
As a case in point and to put it more plainly, if the Grace Temple pastor has done nothing morally or ethically wrong, and remains pastor of his church, then the action not to accept a legitimate recommendation by the president, can only be seen as personal, deliberate revenge. It then appears that the senior pastor fell as a victim to prejudicial, biased and opinionated thinking.
Last, Darkness Prevailed. Everything the brothers put into motion after their secret meeting without God and Jacob became a cloud of darkness. Their planning was dark and pernicious. Their strategy to kill was overshadowed by darkness. Their “art” of killing the men was notably senseless and thoughtless. And when they returned after their killing spree their obsession with murder caused them to totally forget about God—and they didn’t hold a single prayer meeting. Afterwards, a longsuffering God FINDS Jacob and tells him to catch the nearest train to Bethel. After the crisis and return to Bethel, Jacob leads his family into revival, a little too late (Please note, the jewelry was hidden, and not destroyed, under a tree—a hint at more future deceit).
I wonder will a cloud of darkness hover over our great conference because of a few compulsive, maniacal individuals like Levi and Simeon and the rest of their brothers, who might be leading others into whirlwinds of “thoughtless thinking” and “deceitful” manipulation.
THE LASTING EFFECTS:
The story of Dinah tells me that “thoughtless thinking” leads to “thoughtless actions” and thoughtless actions lead to “catastrophe”. Instead of the sons and even the father caring about Dinah and her emotional and spiritual stability, they cared only about their personal honor. Jesus is never a part of deceit. Catastrophic events are sometimes the result of people’s decision. Even natural disasters are the results of man’s fall in the Garden.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Write the president’s office and tell him that you don’t want grid lock by the few who are trying lock the committee up and prevent his proposals for the future. You don’t have to identify yourself.
Tell the president that we need a correspondence of some type that list a plan of action.
Comment on this blog. Believe me people are reading it and will read your comments.
By the way, I’m Left Behind