“The assembly was in
confusion…. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.”
– Acts 19:32
ever heard of Lawnchair Larry? Back in 1982, 33-year-old Larry Waters was just
an ordinary truck driver in
Instead of sailing
toward the Mojave Desert, Lawnchair Larry sailed across
Larry had a few things in common with the Apostle Paul. Both men’s actions made
them heroes in the eyes of many. But those same actions put a big target on
their backs. Through Paul, God achieved many victories in the city of
Demetrius made silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis, which brought in a boatload of money for Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen. Naturally, a revival of monotheism was bad for business. So, Demetrius gathered his fellow silversmiths and other tradesmen and told them: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. You see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people…. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all” (vs. 25-26).
Then, in verse 27, Demetrius shifts from facts to fear-mongering: “There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself … will be robbed of her divine majesty.” Demetrius presented a grand conspiracy theory—a doomsday prediction that their livelihood, the Artemis temple and even Artemis herself were going to be wiped off the face of the earth, ALL BECAUSE OF ONE WRETCHED MAN: Paul.
The tradesmen formed a mob and took to the streets shouting, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” As the crowd swelled, they tried to hunt down Paul. They were hungry for blood. Thousands of Ephesians flooded into the amphitheater, yelling and screaming, wanting heads to roll. The only trouble is … most of them weren’t quite sure why.
facts didn’t matter. Mobs are fueled by raw emotion. On January 6th
2021, did the mob check the facts before rushing into the Capitol building? No
way! Over the past three months, 60 pro-life pregnancy centers have been
vandalized across the
I’d like to share two important lessons from this passage:
Lesson #1: Most mobs are all brawn and
no brain. So, when people around you are losing their heads, stop, think and
pray. Over the past
two years, far too many Christians have gotten caught up in political mobs.
Instead of thinking, we’ve been reacting. Instead of believing and proclaiming
the truth of the gospel, we’ve been believing and proclaiming conspiracy
theories. Instead of praying, we’ve been criticizing and slandering. And the
Lesson #2: The stuff mobs prioritize
is temporary and will one day be destroyed. But the stuff Christ prioritizes is
permanent and will one day be richly rewarded. A little over 200 years after the
While people around you are running around fussing and yelling about high gas prices, the President or inflation, stay calm and keep doing what Jesus told you to do. Trust Him. Love Him with all your heart. And obey His Word—especially the part where He tells you to share His good news of salvation everywhere you go. More than anything else, people don’t need a new President, a new governor or lower gas prices. More than anything else, people need Jesus. So, give ’em what they need. When all hell breaks loose, give ’em heaven!
Dane Davis is the pastor of Impact Christian Church in Victorville. Join us at Impact for Sunday services: in person at 9 a.m., or online at 10 a.m. on YouTube or Facebook Live. For more information, visit www.GreaterImpact.cc.