Politics, Pettiness and Pessimism

I ran across this old bulletin article of mine from back in the nineties and thought I would share it with you. Something must have really been going on back then to lead me to pen this! lol

Beware of these three dreaded “p’s”. They lurk around churches like ticks on a hound. They can drain a church of energy, focus and enthusiasm. They can create all kinds of havoc and division. They are not from the Spirit of God.

Politics. Behind closed door maneuvering. Hidden agendas. Power plays. Sowing seed of discord. Damage done in the name of truth. Organizing private support for personal issues. Leave it all for Washington. It does not belong in the house of the Lord.

Pettiness. Grudges. Inability to forgive and move on. Personal vendettas. Pushing buttons. Lingering dislike. Envy. Unwillingness to resolve personal differences. My way or the highway. Childishness. Cowardliness. It does not belong in the heart of God’s people.

Pessimism. Always against. Never seeing the possibilities. No discussion, no prayer, no investigation, just no! Doom, gloom and disaster. Fear, not faith. Kills churches dead. Read Scripture. We do not serve this kind of God.

Run as far and as fast as you can away from these three “p’s” in this pod. Concentrate on better things. Bury yourself in the wonderful love of God. Not only these three not there, they are defeated there. Love is everything these three are not. Love builds up while these three destroy. Read Scripture again. “God is love.” Trash the three “p’s”!

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5 Responses to Politics, Pettiness and Pessimism

  1. DJG says:

    Sounds like there was alot of “p” going on….

  2. JD says:

    I think there’s a lot of corn among these “p’s”

  3. Danny says:

    ROFL! I have to admit that this article is really a hoot- especially reading it now.

  4. preacherman says:

    Danny,
    Excellent post.
    Amen!

  5. Stoned-Campbell Disciple says:

    Donna I love your sense of humor!!

    Danny what in the 2000s made you think your 1990s thoughts might speak to us? We have no politiking going on! We certainly have no pettiness … can’t be. And Pessimism? What is that?? 🙂

    I think you are spot on. I am glad Donna made me laugh about it.

    Shalom,
    Bobby Valentine

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