Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Modern Cannibals

A friend said that the reason he was no longer a pastor was because he was allergic to sheep bites. I posted this on Facebook this morning and received several comments. I liked the one that read, "Sad...but anyone in a ministering position (we are all priests) is going to get attacks. That is why He gives us armor." I in turn replied, "You are so right. I agree. Perhaps that pastor was wearing a hospital gown version of armor." 

Galatians 5:15 "But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another." I didn't know that Christians bite other Christians, and I sure didn't realize that we are modern cannibals!" NOT! Just being facetious in a humorous, yet serious way. The Apostle Paul wrote, "but if you are always biting and devouring one another..." Always implies continuous and uninterrupted cannibalism. No wonder many people shy away from our brand of Christianity!

Marshall Shelley refers to this type of Christian as, "Well-Intentioned Dragons." In his book, by the same title writes, "Well-Intentioned Dragons are the sincere, well-meaning saints who leave ulcers, strained relationship, and hard feelings in their wake. They don't intend to be difficult; they don't consciously plot destruction. But for some reason, they undermine the ministry of the church and make pastors question their calling." Marshall Shelley, Well-Intentioned Dragons: Ministering to Problem People in the Church (Carol Stream, IL: Word Books Publisher, 1985)

We don't intend to bite and devour others; it just happens. As we desire to walk in a way pleasing to the Lord let's practice, "Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you." Ephesians 4:29.

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