Don’t Touch Your Commander!

Psalm 105:13-15 “When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes; Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.Dot_not_touch

When I was in the military we had a rank structure that was necessary for order, and a particular level of responsibility. Each person had to understand their rank and position because anytime someone thought they were above what their actual pay grade was, you stood a chance at being locked up (meaning put at the position of attention and not being able to say anything because the hammer is getting ready to be laid on you). This rank structure (for example purposes) went from an E-1 to an E-4. Individuals that carried this rank were fresh in basic training. Though some people came in with a little rank like E-2, E-3, or E-4, you still had to go through basic training. That rank in basic only meant you received some formal training (like higher education or JROTC), but you still needed to be broken.

The same thing goes for the body of Christ. There is a structure that takes place in the body. We all have a commander in chief, and He is Jesus Christ. Now, in the military we have generals that are close to the commander in chief, and they receive information about things that most soldiers would never know about. But, I will take this to a different level in the military.

Each unit has a company, and that company has a company commander. For explanatory purposes I will say the company commander is the pastor. The company commander is responsible for all tasks and missions assigned to that particular unit. Each pastor has been given a small piece of the Heavenly Kingdom’s vision, and it is that commander’s (pastor’s) responsibility to do all that he/she can to see that the mission is complete.

Whenever we conducted DNC (or drill and ceremony) as a company, the company commander would give us a command which is normally in two parts. The first part is the preparatory command which informs us of the movement that is to be carried out, and prepares us mentally for the action that we are getting ready to take.

The command of execution lets us know when to do it, and what it is we are doing. For instance, if the commander says “FORWARD!” that word is repeated all the way down to the platoon leader which states that all of those in leadership have heard what the commander (pastor) is preparing us for, and that they repeat it to their members. The command “MARCH!” is what the commander wants us to do, and no one repeats that because the commander is the only one that can execute anything in this formation unless he/she has delegated another authority head to do so in their absence.

The same thing goes for the body of Christ. We have commanders (pastors as I stated earlier) that have the authority to prepare and execute their particular assignment, as their orders are given to them. As platoon leaders and squad leaders, our jurisdiction is limited to the area that we have been assigned to. Platoon leaders are like ministers in the body that help assist the commander in the menial things that go on in a soldier’s life. The platoon leader (minister) helps with making sure the vision of the company is well understood by those who are growing in their knowledge of the mission, and the purpose of being a soldier.

The thing that hurt so many churches (companies) is that the young soldier (private) wants to challenge what the commander is doing when the commander has the authority to strip an individual of his/her rank, give them punishment for challenging the commander’s authority, or can even be recommended to be released from the military with a dishonorable discharge.

Sometimes in Drill and Ceremony procedures, the commander may give the wrong order. Now if the commander does not correct the preparatory command with “AS YOU WERE!” you have to follow that particular command of execution, and fix it the best way you can after that order is released. It is not our job to holler out in formation that the commander has given the incorrect order because that is making the commander look bad. Our job is to follow orders and trust that our commander is going to get us out of that jam.Feb27Story18mc

All of these things happen on a regular basis in the body of Christ. So many members in the body are always challenging authority and think that they are not supposed to be punished. In the beginning of this text, I opened up with Psalm 105:13-15. This scripture is letting us know that it is wrong to speak against and challenge those whom the Lord has appointed and anointed to do His Will (Hebrews 13:7,17).

When a soldier fought against everything that went on in the military, you were looked over for promotions, schooling, and special assignments. The commander did not care how great you were in your knowledge of your job, or how you excelled in your physical activities. You were a hard head that was non submissive, couldn’t follow orders, and a rebel. These types of soldiers were poisonous to the mission of the unit, and had to be dealt with.ucmj

Blessings flow down from the one that has the executive authority to point our lives in the direction of the mission for our life, and for the mission of the unit we are in. Soldiers come from all walks of life, and it is the commander’s job to make sure that his/her leaders are echoing the preparatory commands that he/she is getting ready to execute for the company. The commander doesn’t always have the choice on who is assigned to the unit. The department of defense makes that call according to the need of that unit’s mission. The same goes for the body of Christ. The pastor does not always have a say in who is assigned to their unit because the Lord adds to the church, not man. But the pastor can recommend a soldier get removed if his/her behavior is detrimental to the mission of that unit.

  • People like Korah, Dathan and Abiram in Numbers 16 challenged God’s authority and was dealt with.
  • Aaron and Miriam in Numbers 12 challenged God, and Miriam was dealt with.

Quotes concerning those who challenged or mocked God

The man who built the Titanic

After the construction of Titanic, a reporter asked him how safe the Titanic would be.

With an ironic tone he said: “Not even God can sink it”

The result: I think you all know what happened to the Titanic.

 

Marilyn Monroe (Actress)

She was visited by Billy Graham during a presentation of a show.

He said the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her.

After hearing what the Preacher had to say, she said:

“I don’t need your Jesus”.

A week later, she was found dead in her apartment .

 

John Lennon (Singer):

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said:

“Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, Today we are more famous than Him” (1966).

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times. 

 

Campinas (IN 2005)

In Campinas, Brazil a group of friends, drunk, went to pick up a friend,

The mother accompanied her to the car and was so worried about the drunkenness of her friends and she said to the daughter holding her hand, who was already seated in the car: 

“My Daughter, Go With God And May He Protect You, “

She responded: “Only If He (God) Travels In The Trunk, Cause Inside Here, It’s Already Full.”

Hours later, news came by that they had been involved in a fatal accident, everyone had died, the car could not be recognized what type of car it had been, but surprisingly, the trunk was intact.

The police said there was no way the trunk could have remained intact. To their surprise, inside the trunk was a crate of eggs, none was broken .

 

So the next time a person thinks that he/she can walk into the governor’s office and set him/her straight and not go to jail; you have another thing coming.

If you think that you can walk into the president’s office, and not get dealt with; think again.

Now these are just mortal men and women, so what more do you think will happen to a person that challenges the hand of God on a person’s life, and think nothing will happen? 

 prayingSoldier

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6 thoughts on “Don’t Touch Your Commander!

  1. Janice – I enjoyed this article (as I do with all your articles). As I considered the analogy between the military organization and the church, I saw a contrasting view. Military superiority of rank operates best on a “do as I say” basis, rather than (for obvious reasons) a “do as I do” arrangement. As I read the Gospels, Jesus practiced the “do as I do” model; “pick up your cross and FOLLOW me”. While it remains true that ultimately God has the final word and if we ignore it (as your cited examples indicate) we shall suffer loss, I’m not sure that “do as I say” was intended to be included in the office ministry positions of “rank”. While ecclesiastical organizations do require structure and some form of practical hierarchy, such church polity should NOT be confused with the day to day exercise of the MINISTRY. Therefore, a pastor should NOT expect to be respected as a superior with special orders not revealed to everyone. Again, I’m NOT referring to matters pertaining to polity, church boards or counsels are right to conduct private parliamentary functions that the general congregation must simply trust God to oversee. But the regular work of the ministry for the pastor must be perceived and faithfully exercised as one of a servant, and must show their qualifications by example, NOT a “do what I say” mentality. A pastor who expects a congregation to respect that God has appointed them as an authority would do well to follow Christ’s example, NOT military chain of command. Unfortunately, in 38 years of ministry, many of my associates have adopted the military model and attempt to direct their flocks with fists of iron, rather than hearts of service. The fruit produced is well disciplined religious activity, with strict adherance to regulations, but largely at the expense of rightly developed personal relationships with Jesus. The GENERAL/PASTOR model forces his/her flock to depend on him/her rather than Jesus. Conversely, the SERVANT/EXAMPLE model presents a clear and righteous revelation of Christ and shows by personal experience how God works in and through every true believer. God is no respecter of persons and grants His Spirit to all true believers without partiality. We are all equal members of His Body; no one member can ever rightly say of any other, “I have no need of you”, or “i’m more important than you”. According to Jesus and Paul, the least among us is the most important. One thing true about the military analogy is regarding PROMOTION; but it comes from God, NOT obedience to a local pastor or respect for their ability to hold and execute secret orders from above.

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    1. Mr. Thompson you have explained the analogy better than I have😊 Yes Christ is one that lead by example and we are to do the same. Some people in the body love to challenge God’s authority and those who God has chosen and that is a dangerous place to be in. By no means am I promoting a severe dictatorship, but this was just an example of how we can miss out on Spiritual growth by not submitting to proper authority. 2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
      I appreciate you my friend and blessings to you

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    2. Janice – I appreciate your reply and agree with you (as did I also with your article). I shared my perspective as a pastor in an attempt to provide further balance to the analogy (as you respectfully recognized). I was in no way inferring that you were promoting, nor participating in, the operation of a dictatorship “bully pulpit”. I too, sincerely appreciate your ministry and pray wholeheartedly for Our Lord’s continued anointing upon you. Peace!

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