The popular television series “Game of Thrones” has captivated audiences with its intricate web of power struggles and individuals vying for positions of authority. However, drawing a direct parallel between the church and the fictional world of Westeros would be misleading. While it is true that human dynamics can sometimes manifest within church communities, it is important to debunk the myth that the church is universally set up like the game of thrones, with people constantly jockeying for positions of power.
The Church’s Foundation: Service and Community
At its core, the church is founded on principles of love, service, and community. The primary focus of a church should be on spiritual growth, worship, and supporting one another in faith. While there may be leadership roles within the church, they are meant to facilitate the smooth functioning of the community and the fulfillment of its mission, rather than being power-driven positions.
Collaboration and Teamwork
In contrast to the cutthroat nature of the Game of Thrones, the church emphasizes collaboration and teamwork. Church leaders and members are encouraged to work together, utilizing their unique gifts and talents for the betterment of the community. Rather than engaging in power struggles, the focus is on unity, harmony, and the shared goal of spreading love and compassion. In the 21st century we see that the large amount of offerings and tithes most often than nought leads to the highest positions in the church.
“her experience of feeling pressured to worship her pastor and fulfill their every request, or risk being replaced by someone who was more willing to do so. She expressed her refusal to participate in such behavior, emphasizing that this is not a situation akin to being enslaved. Letrice also mentioned how her perceived calling and anointing declined as pastors compared and favored those they deemed more anointed. She noticed manipulation tactics employed by some pastors for their own interests, creating a trap where leaders were pitted against each other. The selection of titles in churches, according to Letrice, was not based on capacity, anointing, or education, but rather on how much individuals were willing to do for their leaders to maintain their positions. Fed up with this environment, Letrice made the decision to leave, taking her Bible, offerings, tithes, and education with her. The psychological competition within the church had left her mentally, emotionally, and physically drained. This is mind-control.”
One of the key teachings of Christianity is the concept of servant leadership. Church leaders are called to serve and guide their congregations with humility and selflessness, following the example set by Jesus Christ. This approach emphasizes caring for others, listening to their needs, and working towards their spiritual growth, rather than seeking personal gain or dominance.
Accountability and Discernment
In healthy church communities, there are systems in place to ensure accountability and discernment. Decision-making processes often involve consultation, prayer, and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This helps to prevent power imbalances and ensures that decisions are made with the best interests of the community in mind.
5. Imperfect Humans, Imperfect Systems
While the ideal is for churches to embody these principles, it is important to acknowledge that churches, like any human institution, are made up of imperfect individuals. Occasionally, power struggles or unhealthy dynamics may arise. However, it is crucial to recognize these as deviations from the true spirit of the church rather than a reflection of its inherent nature.
While the church, like any human institution, is not immune to power struggles or position jockeying, it is inaccurate to claim that the church is universally set up like the game of thrones. The church is founded on principles of love, service, and community, with a focus on collaboration, servant leadership, and accountability. By debunking these myths, we can better understand the true essence of the church and work towards creating healthy, inclusive, and spiritually enriching communities.