What do political elections, the UFC, and church boards usually have in common?
In political elections, there are verbal fights among candidates.
Candidates spend months, sometimes years, verbally assaulting the qualifications, policies, and character of the other candidates. Granted and sadly, some politicians don’t run for office this way, but they usually don’t make it very far in the political race.
When political elections are over, it’s supposed to be a different story.
After the votes are in, the battle is supposed to end. The candidates are supposed to try their best to unify behind the winner and move forwards for the best interest of the community they are serving.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is one of the most physical, aggressive, and gruesome sports of our age.
In the UFC, there is physical fighting between the contestants.
Men and woman step into the Octagon and give everything they have to come out as the ultimate fighting champion.
The most fascinating thing about the UFC is the sportsmanship. The contestants punch each other in the face, kick each other in the stomach, cause a lot of bruises, and sometimes cause bleeding; but after each round and fight, the contestants usually high five each other’s gloves and sometimes even hug!
After the fight is over, there is supposed to be, and usually is, a peaceful congratulations from the losing contestant.
Church boards are supposed to have conflict, not verbally or physically assaulting conflict (although at times they may seem like they’re about to get to that point,) but a healthy dose of differentiating opinions.
Many church boards have a voting system to determine what is in the best interest of the local church to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Church board members dialogue, debate, and dream about steps their church should take in the present and for the future.
When it’s time to vote on a topic, it’s not always a 100% vote. This is where many church boards can learn from political elections and the UFC. When the voting is over, the church board members who didn’t get the outcome they desired should unify behind the decision of the votes and show good sportsmanship.
In fact, 1 Corinthians 1:10 reads, “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”
What do political elections, the UFC, and church boards usually have in common? There is conflict and then there is supposed to be peace.