Occupying Ephesus

Funny how some things never change:

At this their anger boiled, and they began shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” A crowd began to gather, and soon the city was filled with confusion. … Inside, the people were all shouting, some one thing and some another. Everything was in confusion. In fact, most of them didn’t even know why they were there. (Acts 19:28-34, NLT)

Remind you of anything going on today?

A mob mentality robs people of their better judgment and logical thinking. Some of these people didn’t even know why they were there. There are no solutions, just a bunch of slogans and confusion. It leads nowhere.

As a leader, when you feel pulled into this kind of mob mentality, be careful to stop and think and pray. Be careful to “not join a crowd that intends to do evil” (Exodus 23:2). Decide to obey God, not the mob.

By the way, Dave Ramsey wrote a very thought-provoking article HERE. I’m not saying I agree with everything Dave says (and I’m not saying I don’t), but it’s definitely worth the read.

What do you think?

Author: Michael Mack

Michael Mack has been involved in small group ministry as a pastor, writer, trainer, and speaker for more than 25 years. He founded SmallGroups.com in 1995 and started Small Group Leadership in 2012. He became the 12th editor of Christian Standard magazine in 2017 and continues to speak in churches about small groups, discipleship, and leadership. He lives in Pewee Valley, Kentucky (just outside Louisville), with his wife Heidi. They have four young adult children. Michael enjoys mountain and road biking with a group of friends. See the "About Michael Mack" page under About Us for more about him.

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