#Troublemakers#WhatToDo?

Written by cycleguy on November 6th, 2020

Charles Schultz had a Peanuts cartoon where Linus was watching TV when Lucy demands that he change the channel to what she wants to watch.  He says, “No” and she threatens him again.  He then looks at her and says, “What gives you the right to come in here and demand your way?” She says to him: “See these five fingers? Separate they are nothing. Weak. But curl them together and they become a force powerful to behold.” To which Linus answers, “What station do you want?” As he walks away he is shown looking at his hand and asking, “Why can’t you guys get together like that?”

There is no worst kept secret than a church filled with fighting, or even specifically one or two people whom we will label as troublemakers.  In fact, someone has said, “Where there’s light, there’s always bugs.”  At some point in our lives-as a business, a church, a school, even personally-we will have to deal with troublemakers. But it just seems like the church troublemaker speaks the loudest, shares the widest, and spreads the farthest than any of those other examples.

What is a church to do? That is the title of my Q & A series question this week: What about Troublemakers?  I’ll be giving several examples of troublemakers this week and then use Diotrephes (3 John 9-10) as a main example of what is suggested we do with them (besides toss them out).  I’d appreciate your prayers this week. They mean a lot. 

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. You certainly have my prayers, Bill, and I’m going to get to last week’s sermon today.
    Blessings!

  2. Ed says:

    Well that’s interesting. My post for today is/was about the same lines.
    You certainly always have my prayers. Hopefully I will be able to tune in this weekend.

  3. Linda Stoll says:

    Troublemakers.

    Yep, every church has them. Bless all those pastors with patience and discernment that do life with them.