I know of a Christian leader who suffered big-time because some have vested and vicious interests, not to his vision but to the value of what he established.
It’s ironic because supposedly Christian leaders do not have any attachment to earthly possessions, and yet for these very things, a person with vested interests would lie, destroy, and, even kill. But this is nothing new.
Individuals who have vested interests are some of the most dangerous persons you can work with.
Here are major steps you can do to stand your ground.
1. Understand the Dynamics.
The leader’s only motive was to bring people to Christ and make a difference in the community. But as it was found out later, the evil intentions of those who were intentionally planted around him were to discredit, discourage, and destroy him in the end.
So much for the OSCORP-like dealings in Spider Man movies, ha?
The fact is corporate culture can be a dog-eat-dog place. You do not have control over the motives of the stakeholders around you, even if it’s called “ministry.”
That is why Apostle James reminded Christians, “Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.”
Although the leader already knew the notorious reputation of these individuals, he still gave in to have them in the team. Big mistake.
You must be aware of the credibility and reputation of the person you are working with.
The reputation went ahead as a warning. It’s already a telltale sign of repeated patterns of arrogance, notoriety, and self-promoting expertise vouched by someone without strong conviction.
2. Undergo the Process.
The principle in doing leadership is this: It takes character more than competence. But to learn this, it takes experience. That’s part of the process.
The leader’s background check and gut feeling were right. This is a wild team with an unpredictable outcome. This could be very deceiving—and deceiving it is.
While the vision-driven leader moved the project fast, big, and productive, investors were happy with the multi-million returns. But when vested interests crept in deeply, it’s a day of infamy.
And James was right. “But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.”
When jealousness and selfish ambitions are in the heart, it tends to destroy others—and it does not respect anyone, even if you’re a Christian.
Again, the pattern happens. To remove the leader from the ministry, the notorious persons created lies against him. They exploited the good intentions of the leader.
The leader’s rich experience reinforces the principle that brilliant minds and bad character, coupled with vested interests are toxic combinations.
In the words of James, “This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.”
When you have someone claiming to be an expert on something but was actually a notorious liar, or any materialistic persons who want to claim the wealth of others or see nothing spiritual despite the claims as “Christians,” James classified it as “demonic.”
Any work for God will continue to excel if done in the spirit of truth. Apart from this, it will fall. “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.”
3. Uphold What Is Right.
The Christian leader was forced to leave. But after that, that ministry became a marketplace of misery ruled by immature supervisors.
Apostle James described the by-product of a reflective mind. “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
The leader left but kept his integrity intact. He kept his motives pure and left peacefully knowing that God would justify him in the end.
He was anxious for a moment but soon recovered. He soon found himself in a bigger, better, and best opportunities that God could give to those who remain faithful.
Apostle Paul’s instruction is apt for any marketplace leaders. “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own [good] interests, but also to the [good] interests of others.”
Yes, he did.
Glenn Plastina © 2017