My guest this week on the Voices In My Head Podcast is Pastor, Author, and Mountain Climber Brian Zahnd. Brian is the Lead Pastor of Word of Life Church on St. Joseph, Missouri and has written several books including A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save The World, and Unconditional. His latest book, Water To Wine: Some of My Story, tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith. www.BrianZahnd.com
It occurs to me that we don’t elect leaders, we elect followers. Leaders don’t change stances with every new poll that is taken Leaders actually take the initiative to go against the grain of popular opinion. In a democracy, popularity is what matters. Whoever gets the most votes wins, thus those who win must constantly be seeking out the will of the majority. Successful politicians are followers who create the illusion that they are leading. What they are actually doing is seeking re-election. Every move is calculated to please/follow the will of the majority and the majority is whoever has the most money to lobby a cause through. It would be nice to have leaders, but leaders, for the most part, don’t get elected. This is why I don’t personally put a lot of stock in elections. We get what we want, not what we need. We can complain all day that a politician has done “this” or “that” but they are following the will of the majority. Leaders don’t get elected and when they start leading then they don’t get re-elected, unless of course where they are leading is where the majority is going. Unfortunately, the majority is almost always wrong. This is why the church must be the voice of God speaking the truth to so called “power”. This is why as a minister of the gospel I will never endorse a candidate and will never talk politics in church. God’s politics are concerned with the minorities who don’t have power; the poor, the disenfranchised, and the outcast…the refugee, the widow, and the orphan. Seeking to help these people is pure religion. The Kingdom of God is “political” not in the sense that it follows the will of the majority, but in the sense that that politics is a term for how a community orders itself. The church is a politic all it’s own. When churches start preaching partisan politics then the church has given up its power and it’s prophetic voice. This is happening too much and thus the church is too often impotent. The world will not be changed by another election, by Caesar’s sword, or by another carnival. The church operates best on the outside doing the hard work of leaders. It seems like the people with power to change things do not lead from a political arena, they change things by lowering themselves and helping the helpless. Those leaders don’t generally win elections because they are called to do unpopular things. Unpopular things don’t win elections…thus we have a broken system.