“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:” from the book of Isaiah quoting Lucifer.
Some people want to be like God and others want to be God. What’s the difference? Good and evil.
I think you find the worst of our lot in politics. First of all, it takes a massive ego just to consider to run for office. In the American system, it takes money and lots of money to be successful. Also one must subscribe to one of the two major parties. While the Democrats and Republicans argue over things like abortion and gun control there is very little difference between the two. They both support Wall Street and endless war. I think of politics in this way. The candidates will do whatever it takes to get into power. Once in power, they will do whatever it takes to stay in power. This makes them subservient to those who hold the money.
I have observed much wickedness in my life. People lusting for power follow a pattern. One important note is that a person who wants to be in control will never settle for number two. Oh, sure they may suck up to the person in charge but they will not be content with anything outside of being top dog. I saw it at my church. A certain individual wanting to teach and preach. Right away I have to question the motives of anybody who wants to teach and preach who isn’t dedicated going into the community to spread the gospel. After all the lost need to hear the message.
So this person wanted to preach and teach and he was sucking up to the minister saying flattering words. Also whenever there was a chance to preach or teach he insisted on doing it. I could have gotten into a struggle or argument insisting that I do it. Instead, knowing how things would eventually work out I patiently endured the situation. Sure enough, the ambitious person and the minister had a conflict. That is another attribute of people lusting for power, they always want to have their own way. Eventually, the church broke up due to several reasons, part of it the dissension this person caused.
In another church-related situation, I saw two deacons try to take power away from the minister. The poor minister was over his nineties and the two younger men wouldn’t allow the poor man to fade gracefully into the sunset. Instead, they wanted to take control. The sad part of it was that these two people were already preaching and teaching on a regular basis. If they simply had some respect and allowed the man to live out his years I am certain that they would have taken control of the congregation. But the minister had more life in him then they thought and he fought back. The two rebellious upstarts were sat down and eventually they left the congregation. But another good work had been destroyed.
At another congregation, I saw a fight for power between at least four rival factions all with leaders vying to be the preacher. There may have been more I don’t know. During this time I was struggling with my mental illness so I wasn’t aware of the conflict at the time. I was one of the few people who was everybody’s friend. Some of the people didn’t even want to talk to others and others wanted to do others bodily harm. I recall at a retreat we were playing a game of touch football. The one minister got tackled or touched by the other minister. The one who had been tackled took exception and threw the football hard into the back of the other minister. The man later repented before everybody but it was in a weird fashion. He called up the other minister and repented for the both of them. I witnessed the event and clearly only one was at fault.
Here is a word of caution, in the church if you want to find the devil go to the pulpit first. Many people covet that position as it seems to be the position of power and control. This is a fallacy. Again if somebody is truly motivated by the gospel they will take the opportunity to preach and teach anywhere. That means that they will actively go out into the community. While I cannot pass judgment I feel that so many just want to be seen and heard. They want to be God, but Jesus He came to serve.
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