“Friend, don’t go along with evil. Model the good.” 3 John 11
John, the writer of several New Testament books, wrote to Gaius about Diotrophes–a power-hungry leader who would go to any length to stay in control of the church. Gaius and his friend Demetrius were solid Christians and were being blindsided by Diotrophes. John told Gaius he would straighten Diotrophes out when he came for a visit. He sensed Diotrophes was all talk and not one to move the church forward.
Years ago, I had a pastor who preached a pretty good sermon, but from Sunday noon to the next Sunday morning created chaos for the congregation. I thought it to be a little strange someone would have to pick him up for church on Sunday morning because his wife needed the car to go to a college class. And, there was the huge snowblower he bought for the church and had it delivered to his home. When it snowed, the janitor at church had to shovel the walks because the snowblower turned out to be too large to transport back and forth from the parsonage.
I don’t know if the pastor had evil intensions or just felt entitled to such privileges. I do know he is no longer serving in the church. God, give us the spirit of Gaius and Demetrius and not Diotrophes. Amen.