Wow. Isn’t this fun? I was going to go a different direction for part two, but instead, I think I’ll go to the “next step”.
As I mentioned before, I was severely disappointed in the place of politics in the workplace at the Bank. What I didn’t realize was how prevalent the nasty waves of politics are in every area of life. I had mostly avoided them in my previous jobs by being either a true peon, or within the cogs of management and isolated from the power plays of the big dogs.
The Bank changed my understanding of politics at work. Now, let me take a quick break and explain how I mean the word “politics”. I am hoping you understand already that I’m not talking “conservative” vs “liberal” or “Democrat” vs “Republican”, nor even “Pro-Life” vs “Pro-Choice.” I am speaking here of the constant interplay of people vying for power — not at the governmental level; although that would be valid, but on the communal level — i.e. at work, home, in social organizations, etc.
I went to seminary hoping for an escape from this political posturing. I could not escape it though, as even the leaders of the institution were constantly trying to build their “power base” and convince others to be their “minions”. It was distressing to say the very least. Internal squabbling between the powers of the institution eventually would lead it to fracture and rebuild while driving some students away. I left early, but not for “political” reasons. I left because my Bishop called me out of seminary and requested my presence at a new church.
It would seem that interpersonal “politics” is nearly ever-present. While I know that it is inescapable to have men seeking to convince others and lead by word and deed, it is ridiculous how people invent ways to try and do this dishonestly or with alternative motives. The Christian life is not about politicking for others to “follow”. It is about serving and loving others with the hope that through our examples of Christ-like love, we may lead others into a deeper and closer relationship with the Almighty God.
I’ll say more later in Part Three.