I'm an undershepherd to the Good Shepherd in that part of Christendom called the Presbyterian Church (USA).
"Presbyterian" and Christianity don't have to go together - and, uh, sometimes the connection is more coincidental than Christocentrically Biblical - because "Presbyterian" refers to polity and Christianity refers to, uh, Christianity or belief/behavior (inseparable) exemplified by Jesus and explained in the Bible.
America's government is Presbyterian - constitutional and connectional democracy in which authority rests in ordered groups not individuals.
Simply, American government like the PCUSA is not hierarchical.
No kings or, uh, queens; though some try every now and then.
Simply, American government like the PCUSA is not pure democracy; though some try every now and then.
Authority over just about everything rests in ordered groups like the different branches of government rather than petitions, polling, and popular votes on, uh, everything.
That's the Cliff Notes version.
I know there are nuances, an "in" word, and perversions and subversions and...
But, basically, that's the polity under which I pray and labor as an undershepherd to the Good Shepherd.
Unfortunately, there are lots of Americans and, uh, "Presbyterian" Christians who are, uh, ignorant about their own polity.
You know what I mean.
This came to mind when someone in our church heard someone in our church say, "All he has to do is to tell the Session to do something and they have to do it!"
O.K., all of you "Presbyterian" undershepherds can get up off the floor, sit down, and stop laughing.
Well, considering that it's PAM and 3/2/11 is a big one pour moi, which, uh, I've already celebrated because I count time in the womb because God does, uh, I decided to try it out with a few of our session members: "I have decided that all of the money being spent on ___ be redirected to Woodstock Harley-Davidson to purchase an Electra Glide Ultra Limited for PAM and in recognition of 3/2/11; and, of course, I will have a few customizing..."
The response reminded me of Ron Paul's run for President.
That someone who said what's quoted in the third sentence-paragraph of this section is wrong; and, dang, too many of our elders/members know she's/he's wrong.
I wonder if she/he only meant that if I were championing her/his...
All I know after decades as an ordained part of this business is people really prefer dictators who dictate according to their dictations.
That's why America's polity as well as the PCUSA's can be such a pain in the...
On the other hand, I like "Presbyterian" polity.
Unlike friends in other polities who are kinda dictators - yeah, yeah, yeah, they always say they're just following you know who; but didn't Jones, Loon/Moon, Joe Blow, and...also say that - I like not pretending I know everything about everything. That's because I know I don't know everything. What a shocking confession!
Sure, we live in an age - man/woman, do I see it every now and then in my favorite family of faith - in which anybody's word is as good as anybody else's word on any subject; which is why we're so increasingly messed up by those not called/gifted who...
You know what I mean.
Be that as it is with no benefit to most, I prefer Paul's perspective: "We each have different work to do. So we belong to each other; and each needs all the others."
Who am I to tell ___ how to ___ when I'm not called/gifted to ___?
So I'm comfortable being an undershepherd in a "Presbyterian" polity church/denomination/franchise/whatever.
But I can understand why folks even in our polity still try to...
Go back to the part about Woodstock HD.
Blessings and Love!
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