Knowledge Cartels

The gathering of knowledge is an addictive drug. 

This makes most institutional church pastors drug pushers.  They push the “this is how to live” and “this is how to feel good” sermons, and then promote studying, reading, and learning all the flippin time, which keeps you coming back for more.  They want a return customer.  If a person misses a few church sermons, and they are away from studying and reading, they will start to get the shakes.  Withdrawal symptoms will set in.  They will not have that spiritual drug of “Jesus” knowledge pumping through your veins.

This makes many “churchgoers” that I know (and I was one of them) knowledge drug addicts.  The drug they are eating, drinking, and snorting keeps them on that spiritual high, which keeps their butts in the pews, their heads in the books, and them always looking for that next fix (or study).  This makes people who are actually in need suffer more.  Addicts will do all they can to get more of the drug, and do a lot less in actually helping others because there is no time for others… just themselves. 

Well let’s take this one step further.  If the pastor is a drug pusher, and the passive audience are the addicts, who runs the show? 

Knowledge Cartels.

The institution that runs the “church” could be compared to a modern-day oil or drug cartel.  A drug cartel is a “criminal organization” developed with the primary purpose of promoting and controlling “drug trafficking” operations.  So, if the drug of choice is all knowledge of Jesus, and not his actual Body, this would make the institutional church a knowledge cartel.  We could say Knowledge Cartels (or institutional churches) are “organizations” developed with the primary purpose of promoting and controlling “knowledge” operations.

I will let you chew on that analogy for a while, but I am glad I am off the knowledge drug.  My eyes and heart are clearer now, not clouded up with Christianese jargon.  I now enjoy the simplicity of studying less and loving more.  It was not an easy road, but it is a road I am glad I traveled.

What are your thoughts?

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6 thoughts on “Knowledge Cartels

  1. I think the bigger problem is that the church teaches that knowledge=maturity, so we exalt those who study and read all the time in their offices and ignore the simple Christians who serve others.

  2. Wait a minute. Doesn’t right thinking lead to right living? Isn’t that how the theory goes?

    I guess I actually still find some truth in the theory. Now that I’m detoxing from sound theology, I believe I am starting to think better… and live better.

  3. I would take it a step further and say it’s a vicious cycle of supply and demand. And it’s not just knowledge. The addicts have been fed a healthy (or not so healthy) dose of: Charismatic Teacher, Professional Music, Comfy Accommodations. Even if the dealers (or pushers, or cartels) desire to get the people off the crack, it’s often too late. They’re addicted, and any change will piss them off. So even the leaders that have a good and worthy desire to make REAL disciples find themselves in a conundrum. They get paid by the addicts! If the addicts leave, they won’t be able to feed their families. And the addicts want their crack, man! So the cycle continues.

    My wife works for a large church. The church has been trying to move into more of a house church model. Many of the younger folks are all for it. They don’t want to be addicts! But there’s good number of people who can’t kick the habit. So steering the mothership in a different direction has proved difficult. And that’s just the thing, most addicts need rehab, and they need to be completely removed from the thing they’re addicted to. No one’s got the balls to cut them off. So the cycle continues.

    1. Shon – Thanks for taking it a step further. Your comment is great, and your points hit home.

      I remember the days of having the shakes and cold sweats after leaving the “church”. I wish I had some sort of rehab I could have went to. It was a rough road, but man is it great out here in the post-institutional wilderness.

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