Is this the best feature of your church?

"Best Feature" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Best Feature” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

Really, sometimes it can’t be helped. We’ve always loved heroes, charismatic leaders, strong authority figures. The system nurtures the adoration of its leaders.

This poor pastor is just caught up in it. That’s all.


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6 Responses

  1. Caryn LeMur says:

    Thank you for writing, “…The system nurtures the adoration of its leaders.”

    I recall this was thought to be true of the Charismatic Leadership style – however, once the audience feels betrayed, they will turn on you, and subject you to a ‘quick death’.

    After all, you violated the very code they came to believe. You begged for the extreme; you receive the extreme.

    Well… at least, that is how I remember the study of a Frenchman in a certain book. He advocated the guillotine; guess what he received when the followers sensed betrayal? And… perhaps his betrayal was this: they became bored, they no longer cared, and they were perhaps searching for a change at the same time.

    I no longer have my book on the study of power. I do not recommend it for those that have been manipulated, until they feel over the anger phase. This book can trigger insights, and entire grieving processes.

    But… if you wish a horrible insight into the games of power manipulation…. then read only the Amazon “First Pages” of this book. You will be reading the Table of Contents.

    The titles of each chapter have a small blurb under each chapter heading.

    Just read the Table of Contents. Then sit for a while. Then decide if you wish to order a copy.

    “The 48 Laws of Power” by Robert Greene.

    And then, you may recognize some leaders from your past.

    And, if you wish… you will need to formulate (in your mind) the “Laws” for an ethical leader.

  2. I know “leaders” I respect who love The 48 Laws of Power. It’s like a leader can turn anything good into manipulation and abuse of power. Like some philosophies who deny the Self or the Soul, deep and helpful maybe, but that can lead to the idea that it is not me who kills you, but my sword, and you didn’t really die because you really didn’t exist.

  3. Crysti says:

    OmG- yes with the worship leader from Brownsville Revival as the pastor, this was so bad. People would actually not come in if they found out he was traveling and the executive pastor would be preaching. And to top it off, leaders like this get all martyr-y and say they have to do everything themselves.

  4. Yasmin says:

    I’ve posted about my church before, but, laughing out loud as I type about the very idea of such a leader in our church, I can say that such a leader is not possible in our church. Our pastor is our teacher, and gives us the background from his/her own studies as food for thought. Our church is run by a council, and by boards of trustees, benevolence, adult education, and others, and nothing whatsoever of significance is done without the vote of the congregation. Most of us come from different denominations, and we, ourselves, bear the responsibility of our spiritual life. We have no creed, we take one another’s suggestions for reading and studying, and freely discuss any differences of opinion in belief. I can’t praise my church highly enough, it is so very much the opposite of many of those described by your cartoons, and in responses. If anyone is ever in southeast Wisconsin, let me know, and I’ll gladly invite you to a church that will welcome you with open hearts and arms, regardless of what you believe.

  5. I’m so happy you’re in a good community Yasmin.