Dare 2B Daring - July 03, 2018
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“It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” – Edmund Burke
We have all heard the famous adage, “The squeaky wheel gets the oil.” Its meaning is simple: if you want something to happen – badly enough – mention it as loudly and as often as possible. Eventually, you will get results.
There is a scriptural basis for such behavior and it is found in Luke 18. In the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus commends a woman who seeks justice from an unrighteous judge. According to Jesus, the judge doesn’t fear God or care about her case. However, because she keeps badgering him with her request, he finally decides to grant it so he can get a little peace and quiet.
The obvious application is for us, as believers, to be both persistent and consistent with our prayers. We should never give up just because God doesn’t answer us the first time.
That being said, “the squeaky wheel approach” is one that is far too often abused in our churches. Instead of quietly and fervently petitioning God, we bypass our heavenly Father and go straight to the pastor, the elders, or the deacon board. Then we proceed to make a nuisance of ourselves – calling them at home, clogging up their email inbox, and stopping them on the way in and out of church.
I am not saying that our church leaders shouldn’t be held accountable, because they should. However, they should not be held hostage by a vocal minority that simply wants to have its way regardless of what is best for the church.
In other words, pray long and hard to God when you desperately need His help. But be respectful – and far more reticent – with your pastor, elders and deacons. They don’t have an easy job, so don’t make it any harder with your nagging.
“For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.” Titus 1:10-11 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President