THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
THE ENEMY WITHIN
Today’s reading: 2 Timothy 4:9-17
When you serve the Lord, you can expect to be attacked by
the enemy. But what most do not expect is that they would
also be attacked by those who profess to serve Christ, and
even more unlikely, by those who are in the same group or
community (who then become the enemy within).
is the case with dissident theologians and clerics who openly
challenge established Church teaching and the Magisterium,
with feminist nuns who have kicked the habit (pun intended)
and become liberal and secular, with Catholic politicians
who claim to be devout Catholics while supporting reproduction
health, divorce and same-sex marriage.
had his share of such supposed-to-be co-workers.
Demas, who deserted him, after being enamored by the present
world (2 Tim 4:9).
the coppersmith, who did him a great deal of harm (2 Tim
including Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Tim 1:15), who deserted
him at his first defense (2 Tim 1:16) as a prisoner in Rome.
one lesson for servant leaders is that they can expect to
be betrayed, deserted and harmed, even by those whom they
consider to be brethren.
also happened to us in CFC.
CFC and the cause of Christ were betrayed by those top leaders
who veered away, disobeyed the bishops, and continue to
deceive their members about the true circumstances of the
2007 crisis and split.
top leaders even now cause harm to our work, by continuing
to spread lies, maligning us with Church authorities, and
filing unbibilical and scandalous court cases.
have effectively abandoned Christian principles and actions
in favor of legalistic, corporate and secular acts, showing
one’s being enamored with the ways of the present
What should be our response? Well, we do not respond in kind.
We forgive. We take the unjust blows, rejoicing in the privilege
of suffering for the cause of Christ. We endure. We leave
it up to the Lord to repay them according to their deeds (2
Tim 4:16b). We continue on with our work.
then, we also need to be on guard against them, especially
as they reject the hand of friendship we extend, oppose our
work, and resist our preaching of what constitutes authentic
Christian values (2 Tim 4:15). We protect our work, while
proactively seeking dialogue and reconciliation with them.
Further, we hope for their transformation of heart, so that
we can all look to working together once again, as Mark got
back into the good graces of Paul (2 Tim 4:11b).
we look to God for His strength. We know that God will stand
by us as we do what is right and just and true, and will,
as He promises through our theme for 2011, give us the fullness
of His strength (2 Tim 4:17a). We know that God protects us
and His work through us, and will rescue us from the lion’s
mouth (2 Tim 4:17c).
simply go on with what God has given us to do, “so that
through (us) the proclamation (of the gospel) might be completed
and all the (world) might hear it.” (2 Tim 4:17b).
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