Before I begin let me say this, this post is not in reference to every politician or to every pastor. If this post does not reflect you(politicians and pastors)then it is not about you and you should not take offense to it. If this post reflects you(politicians or pastors)then it is about you and I personally hope that it offends the He double hockey sticks(Hell, in case you could not figure that out on your own)out of you. If your denomination uses a different term than pastor, just insert the correct title according to your denomination. One might not think so, but politicians and pastors have a lot in common. Both are servants.
Yes, politicians holding office are servants, they are public servants. They serve the public interest. The job even comes with a set of clear and explicit instructions. It matters not at what level they serve, there are instructions. Whether it be the U.S. Constitution, the State Constitution or the County or City Charter. Sadly, some who hold Public Office lose their way, they go from severing the Public Interest to serving their own Self-Interest. Rather than doing what is best for the public or the Republic they instead do what is best for them and furthering their political career. In addition to serving their own self-interests the serve their political party. They place their own interests and party politics ahead of this Republic and the citizens.
Yes, pastors are servants, they serve God and the congregation. This job too comes with a set of clearly defined instructions. It matters not what the denomination there are instructions. It is the Holy Bible. Sadly, some pastors have lost their way. They go from serving God and the congregation to serving their own best interests. They go from doing what is right in God’s eyes to doing what serves them best in their eyes. Once they no longer serve God there is no way to serve the congregation.
Power and control.
Government(politicians elected or appointed)does(do)have power and control, but only to a limited extent. Their power and control may be lost at the next election. In our government the ultimate power rests with the citizens, well it used to anyway. The only power government has is the power granted to it, well it used to be that way.
Pastors falsely believe that they have power and control over both the Church and the congregation. In truth they have power and control over neither. They can never have power over the Church, Christ is the Church. The Congregation is the body of Christ. No mere mortal can ever have power over the One who defeated death or his body. Silly human. God has the Power and is in Control. God’s power and control are not temporary.
Do as I say not as I do.
Politicians elected or appointed seem to think they are above the law. The same laws, rules and regulations they pass or shove down our collective throats. We are expected to obey the law, no it is demanded we follow the laws, rules or regulations or suffer the consequences. Some of them are apparently exempt as there are no consequences to be paid.
Pastors break the 10 Commandments or the New Covenant(sometimes both)and preach to the congregation about obeying the 10 Commandments and the New Covenant. No the written Word is for all to obey. Unlike the politician there is no loop-hole for you or a position so great as to avoid the consequences. Forgot that one did you.
Let’s face it there is a lot, I mean a whole lot of money in both politics and religion. There are many politicians and pastors who were quite wealthy before getting into politics or religion. Many became wealthy because of politics. Many became wealthy because of religion. No one should acquire massive wealth as a servant, not a public servant and certainly not a servant of God. There is a little something from the Bible that addresses money and possessions. Those who love money never will have enough and will be ruled by their possessions. A little bit more. As everyone comes, so they depart.
There comes a time when the most inept at their chosen profession must surely recognize that they are doing more harm than good they would just do the right thing for once and leave.