"Life is full of examples of systems that work. When you find yourself in a situation where you can't make headway towards solving a problem, consider whether you're addressing the problem at its origin... What part of the system isn't working? ...
Too often we see a bad result and we mistake it for the problem. The result may be just a byproduct of a system that's not functioning, a flashing error warning to let you know that something has to change." - Henry Cloud
And I thought about the many christian leaders who are responding to the mass exodus of people from the institutional church by simply trying to plug the leak, instead of seeing it as a "flashing error warning" - seeing the loss of people as the problem, not a symptom of it.
Maybe it would be good if these people stopped to consider whether the system itself is the problem!
Maybe addressing the rampant abuse might help.
Maybe being honest and authentic (not 'pretend nice') might help.
Maybe dealing with conflict instead of silencing people might help.
Maybe changing the culture of arrogance and privilege might help.
Maybe embracing diversity might help.
Maybe 'leaders' living what they sell might help.
Maybe disabling the hierarchical structures might help.
Maybe abandoning the 'one man show' might help.
Maybe displaying the power of love rather than the love of power might help.
Maybe treating others like people not projects might help.
Maybe asking questions instead of enforcing answers might help.
Maybe dealing with our crap instead of blaming others might help.
Maybe representing Jesus accurately might help.
Maybe giving up the religious system and simply following Jesus might help.