Friday, July 24th
As we ramp up for an election this fall, already I’m noticing an increasing amount of advertising and campaigning. I really am amazed at how many ads and campaign talks are so pointed – each party out to dissuade us from voting for the other parties in an attempt to secure our vote. Sometimes this can be very negative. This is not limited to the political arena, we see these same things happen everywhere in our society – our cities, communities, places of employment, sometimes even the church.
Paul, in Acts 20, warns the early church to “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood. I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.” (28-30)
As I think about these words, I am reminded of the caution that Paul lays out for Timothy at the beginning of Chapter 3. He is warning Timothy to watch out! Be on alert for these types of people. These men and women who are lovers of self, lovers of money, they revile others, are out for their own selfish gain, malicious gossips, treacherous, brutal…
As we studied this passage this week, we were given some definitions to those characteristics. As I read through, I was reminded of how serious and destructive these behaviours are, but more than that, saddened by how many of these things I see every day.
This leads me to ask myself – what am I to do? What about when I am confronted with these men or women? What about those in my circle of friends or my family? In my church? What about my own heart – am I allowing myself to be a lover of self, or money? Have I been ungrateful? Proud? Reckless?
What about you, friend? How are you doing? When you are faced with a man or woman who model these ungodly and unrighteous behaviours what do you do? How do you respond?