Divine Machiavellianism

I’ve already spent some time writing about the issues I have with our definition of “church.” How often we misunderstand it to be referring to our Sunday programs rather than the people that make up the body of Christ.

I’m realizing my biggest frustration in this is it causes us to believe our Sunday services are protected by divine right. If our programs, rather than the people of the Kingdom, are the church, then many of our current heartless actions make sense. And running people over to make our programs bigger, better, flashier, etc… are all warranted behavior. In this ecclesiology, jerkface actions are not just good—they are in fact divinely Machiavellian.