When I visit a church, the first thing that I look for is the way the sheep communicates and interact with their shepherd. On some occasions, I will look to see if there are any bibles in the pews and then I proceed to check out the way the congregation members interacts with one another; these are the Christians. It is quite amazing to me what I can conclude with just these two areas of analysis. It also answers quite a bit of questions for me. Do they respect and honor their leadership? Do they appreciate the leadership that God has given them? Are they really in their word like they profess and so on. Some congregations have passed these tests with flying colors (Glory to God) and some are struggling with it even to this day and that troubles me very deeply.
Disposition, body language and even facial expressions or lack of expressions of the members says a lot when the God-given leadership of the church is instructing, speaking or preaching to the people (who are the sheep). All I can say here is that "this" is a worship disruptor. If a member of a congregation sees this disruption, I wonder what an unsaved individual sees. I am not saying here that the word of God will not accomplish what it is set out to do (Isaiah 55:11), but what I will say is that if you have an ought with someone, an individual with a penny worth of discernment will notice as have I. There shouldn't be any quarrels among the members (the Christians) if we are all on one accord and have our eyes fixed on the author and finisher of our faith; namely Jesus Christ.
The disruptions have different (I will say grave) affects according to the ministry that God has blessed you to be in. Here are a few:
- Elders (includes Pastor, ministers and teachers)
- Deacons (includes Deaconesses)
- Music Ministers (includes choir and instrument players)
- Laymen (members, visitors etc.)
For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. (1 Timothy 5:18)
So if they rule well they deserve 2 times the amount of respect. If you remain unrespectfull and rebellious just realize that challenge is with you and not with the leadership especially if they rule well, teach well, instruct well, preach well and serve well. Repentance is in order!
I pray that these observations have nothing to do with your congregation but it if does, repent and go in Christ and correct your ought or challenge with the individual. God will bless you for it.