Another term for protocol is “red tape”. Sometimes, red tape can be another word for complicating a process. For example, a lot of paperwork, a lot of reference letters, a lot of background checks, a lot of fees, a lot of training, a lot of butt-kissing and brown-nosing. Anything that can be done to postpone the positioning of the new ones!
Now don’t get it twisted. I absolutely believe in protocol. I believe in service and loyalty and testing. But some people are misusing these terms just to keep you at the bottom of the pyramid.
Do me a favor and quit any fast food restaurant that would have you frying fries for 5 years! You should be working the register after one year! And whoever was at the register for 5 years should have been promoted to manager! If not, it means that the organization is not growing. That means the managers are holding on tightly to their positions which means they are oppressing those under them.
Sadly, most oppressors are those who have been previously oppressed. To them, oppression is so natural to their world that they call it “protocol”. There are some good things about protocol in that they weed out fools and clowns and those who are not serious about ministry or work. If you refuse to take a course to get a certificate to get a promotion, then that weeds you out because it exposes you as stubborn and lazy and unwilling to improve yourself. But what happens when someone has been properly processed and you still try to hinder them from promotion?
This same thing happened with King Saul. He had misbehaved God and so God decided to remove His anointing from him and to put it on someone else – David. But Saul was not ready for demotion. So he decided to oppress David. King Saul was unaware that David was not his problem – God’s decision was what Saul should have had a problem with. Some people will attack you because you are proof of their demotion. They don’t know that even if they were successful in killing you that God would have another replacement to signify their demotion. If they killed every successor, they’d STILL be demoted.
When people fight against the next/new move of God, they are fighting against a good thing. It shouldn’t matter if God is using them; they should just be glad that God is doing!
This reminds me of Joseph and his situation with his family. His brothers were very jealous about his dreams, but they shouldn’t have because he didn’t conjure up his own dream. God Himself gave it to him to sustain his family and nationality (Israelites/Hebrews/Jews) during a 7 year drought! They were mad about their OWN survival all because God was doing it through their little brother! Selah!
If we take it to the New Testament, we hear of another Saul, but his name was changed to (Apostle) Paul. He was at the bottom ranks because he delivered letters that caused the persecution and murder of Christians. He didn’t walk with Jesus and observe any of His miracles as the 12 disciples had done. He was not a part of the Pentecost experience in Acts 2. He had not personally met or been taught by Jesus as many other disciples/Christians had. But God bypassed ALL the protocol and procedures on the road to Damascus! He immediately decided that He would choose and use Paul to lead perhaps THOUSANDS of Gentiles to Christ not to mention to write much of the New Testament which has lead millions to Christ! What if! What if the 11 remaining disciples had decided to red-tape Paul? What if they had decided that he needed to follow them for three years as they had followed Jesus for three years? How many souls would have been lost during that time frame? How many letters to the churches and people would not have been written during that time frame? God Himself can speed up the process for some people based of the urgency and importance of their duty!
And sadly, some people have been through all the protocol there was and yet they still turn out to be terrible preachers, horrible teachers, and awful pastors. Man-made protocol cannot compare to Godly process! Remember that EVERY chief priest and Pharisee and scribe and Saducee had been FORMALLY “PROCEDURED” and just about every one died and went to hell. They persecuted Jesus because they didn’t understand his advanced processing. They refused to believe in Him because He didn’t go through the red tape. The ones who did believe came to him in secret — Nicodemus (aka “Nic @ Nite”) and Joseph of Arimathea (who loaned Jesus his tomb for a few days).
I just want to encourage some of you that if you are currently in a pyramid scheme, don’t you dare stay in there just to ascend the ranks just to oppress those at the bottom. A pyramid can be destroyed if the people at the bottom stop supporting those at the top. Leave the dysfunction. Every time you sit in a seat or give a dollar, you are keeping the system alive. If everyone at the bottom would just leave, the stop level would drop by one. Then those who were above you will now be at the floor level. Then those must leave, so forth and so on. Then those at the top will eventually be at the bottom with everyone else. Don’t get me wrong; God does want leaders — just not dictators. Just like kids need parents and wives need husbands and cities need mayors and nations need kings/queens/presidents. Leadership is a divine concept. People need good leaders to look up to so that they can know how to behave and be great citizens. But remember that Jesus said whoever will be the greatest among a group must be the servant. The Son of God came to serve, not be served. This is how it must be with all leaders. They are not to be controlling, cruel dictators and oppressors like Hitler and Kim Jong. They are to be exemplary, meek servants like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
The main folk who keep a pyramid scheme alive are those who refuse to break rank at the sake of keeping the sick system alive. God had no problem dismantling the Babel tower project; you should have no problem dismantling oppressive structures. When you stop giving your money, it demands that the remaining ones give more money. And they’ll be so oppressed, that they’ll leave too which increases the burden on the other ones who won’t leave. The structure above will be so heavy that it crushes them so they leave. Sometimes those at the top can tell when you’re getting tired, so they’ll give you a title or a position to stop you from leaving. And then they’ll demand that you invite others to fill in your now vacant spot in the pyramid bottom.
The last thing you should do is incorporate your friends and children into it to keep it alive. If the ones on top refuse to leave voluntarily, just let them die out on their own.
Let’s make our community grow and be healthy again!