11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer. 2 Thessalonians 3:11-15
Paul carries this concept of idleness through a series of verses in this chapter so obviously it was important.
With so much to do in life, how could we possibly be idle, and why would we be disruptive?
People have different agendas, desires, and visions within the Christian body. Not all of them are wrong, but they often compete against each other. Throw in selfishness and pride, and you have the recipe for trouble and confusion. Then, when some don’t get their own way, they throw temper tantrums and make it a point to cause trouble.
I saw it first hand once and was astonished at the lengths people went to try to oust a pastor. They even used the term “starve him out,” meaning they would see to it that his paycheck was withheld so he’d get the point and leave the church. It never came to that but I was always puzzled by the lengths this small cabal went to get rid of a shepherd within God’s church. There was no sin, immorality, or doctrinal issues that I was aware of for them to have such bitterness, but they wouldn’t let up.
Many reading this have seen this kind of behavior also.
Sadly, it happens all too often.
There’s a big difference between disagreeing with where leadership is going and causing a commotion. Obviously, these situations are not as clear cut as we’d like to see them, but there is no place for disruptive actions against viable Christian ministries. Fortunately, God does see all and will judge accordingly, including that person who walks away rather than disrupt.
All that to say this, be on the lookout for disrupters within the church. Run from them as the Bible says. If there’s a “check” in your spirit about something someone’s said or done, it’s there for a reason. Ask God to reveal why the “check” is there.
And that goes for anything in life.