“As the LORD’s chest entered David’s City, Saul’s daughter Michal was watching from a window. She saw King David jumping and dancing before the LORD, and she lost all respect for him.”
2 Samuel 6:16 CEB
You would think that during times like this houses of worship would be in overflow with people seeking God. Instead there is a contingency of people who look on celebrating the presence of God with disdain.
Paul warns his protege Timothy that a time would come when people would act like this.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
What causes these disconnects between people and God, and between God’s people and God’s leaders?
- When people are stuck in bitterness it cause a disdain of even anointed leadership. David had just bought the Ark of the Covenant into his newly established kingdom. God’s presence was back with the people of God and David was excited. He danced until he came out of his clothes! His ex-wife was watching from the window and lost respect for him. Why? Because she was bitter that David had forced her to come back with him when she had already remarried during his wilderness years. She was bitter and therefore anything David did was offensive. You can’t force people from the past to be excited about your new direction. You can’t pour new wine into old wine skins. He’d have been better off letting her stay stuck in the past.
- Unchecked offense will cause your heart to grow cold toward your leader. Michal was upset that her family was no longer running things. David said, “God made me ruler instead of your father. You said, ‘I’m making a fool of myself dancing?’ I will make even more of a fool of myself!’ When people look through a prism of offense anything you do as a leader will be criticized. When you feel overly critical of leadership you have to check your heart to see if it’s you and not them.
- She looked from a distance. If Michal had been down there in the streets with David and the people she probably would have felt the presence of God and God could’ve changed her heart. The more distance you put between you and your leader the more critical you become. Watching online is good but you might miss the Glory. Staying home causes a distance between you and your leader that makes criticism become a second language. The only way you can really adequately support the move of God is being a part of the movement instead of criticizing it from a distance.
More than ever, if the church is going to be effective in bringing the glory of God back into our communities and city, we who have been distant lovers and sidewalk critics need to make a recommitment to the church and our leaders. We need the commitment of connection. We need to connect to God through consistent worship, connect to each other through discipleship in our connect groups, and connect to the community through doing the work of social justice.
Heal the disconnect between the people and the leadership in your church. Our communities are in trouble and we need your Glory. We were once connected heart-to-heart but offense got in the way. As leaders, forgive us for our offense. As followers, forgive us for being so easily offended. Bring us back together so that we as a united group can tap into your power that only comes when the house is not divided. God bring your Glory back as we reconcile one to another.
In Jesus’ Name,