Third Stage: Passivity
After being offended by one thing or the other, people become passive. When a person is in the passive stage of the disloyalty process he does not involve himself in much. He sits and watches unconcerned and uninvolved. Pastors, look out for people in the congregation who are indifferent and unconcerned. They are potential deserters of the ship.
Watch out for the Uninvolved Members
For instance, we consider members to be passive if they don’t get involved in prayer meetings or smaller group activities. If all businessmen were called for a meeting, he is not likely to attend, even though he is a businessman. Such people may have been hurt in the recent past. They say things like, “I don’t want any more trouble in this church. Let me just keep to myself.”
Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back hissword from blood.
You can see from the above Scripture that God expects you to get involved when you have something to contribute.
This verse is actually teaching us that it is a curse to be uninvolved when you have something to pitch in.
Passivity is dangerous because you move rapidly into the critical stage of disloyalty.
In order to become critical you must be uninvolved. You must have enough time to scrutinize and despise the church and its leaders.
Don’t you know that an uninvolved person more readily sees the faults around him? As they say, it is the bystander who sees that the worker is digging a crooked trench. All leaders must learn to look for this important sign of passivity among their workers. The uninterested leader is uninvolved for a reason.
Why Was He So Quiet?
Remember the story of Absalom who went through this stage of passivity. Amnon had raped and disgraced Absalom’s sister, Tamar. Absalom was doubtlessly angry with his half-brother but said nothing for two whole years. That is passivity! Doing nothing and saying nothing! I do not overlook silent and detached people who have nothing to say or contribute.
And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad…
2 Samuel 13:22
But notice again that this indifferent person (Absalom) quickly degenerated into a murderer and tergiversator when the opportunity presented itself.
…Absalom had commanded his servants… when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine… then kill him...
2 Samuel 13:28
Are You Happy?
When we talk about being quiet, we are not talking about someone who has a naturally subdued personality. We are talking about someone who is normally outgoing but is consciously subdued and detached.
As a leader you must be concerned when someone is unusually calm and cool. Every good leader must ensure that those around him are secure and content. If King David had noticed Absalom’s nonchalant attitude, he might have been able to prevent hisson from becoming a full-fledged anarchist.