I love the local church. I really do. I believe it is God’s design and His plan to reach the world with the Gospel…with life and hope.
But, I hate church drama.
I really do. I hate destructive drama in any setting, but especially in the church. It shouldn’t exist. It especially shouldn’t exist in the church. We have to violate a lot of principles of God’s plan for the church and for believers for it to exist at all, but, even still, it does.
Drama. Gossip. Back-stabbing. Politics. Jockeying for power. Rumors. It’s destructive and has no part in the local church. I’ve seen lots of it. And, along the way I’ve learned a few things.
Here are 10 things I’ve learned about church drama:
Not all rumors are true. Most aren’t.
People like to expand on what they know. Or think they know.
There are consequences to sin. Even though there is grace. Some confuse that.
Some people enjoy telling others “the good stuff”. With practice, some have even learned to make things bigger and “better” than they really are.
There is usually more to the story than what you know. But it may or may not be what your mind stretches it to be.
Many people never consider the ramifications of what they are saying.
Some of the juiciest gossip is disguised as a prayer request.
Thumper’s mom was right.
The only reliable source is the direct source.
For those who have given up on church because of the drama…Please reconsider. I still believe in the local church. I think we need people who like me…hate the drama of church and just want to live out the Gospel. Don’t let the drama keep you away. Come be a part of ending it.
What have you learned about church drama?