Four Lessons About Mob Rule From Acts 19
America has recently seen irrational, out-of-control mobs erupting throughout the Kavanaugh hearings. We have been treated to scenes of screeching protesters in the Senate gallery, clawing and banging on the door of the Supreme Court, and protesting on the steps of the Court. This really has gotten out of hand now, with some 567 arrests, the death threats against Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Justice Kavanaugh and his family, death threats against Dr. Ford herself, and the constant tracking down and harassing of anyone (like Senator Ted Cruz or Sarah Sanders) who disagrees with them.
Charlie Kirk tried to ask intelligent questions, and give rational answers backed up with facts to the protesters, all to no avail:
Does the Bible give us any insight or guidance on how we can understand and deal with such behavior? There is a fascinating story from chapter 19 of the Acts of the Apostles in which the ancient Christians had to deal with a violent, irrational mob. Here are four truths we can we glean from this story today:
1. Christianity seen as a threat to power.
The idolaters in Acts 19 saw the biblical faith as a threat to their power. We pick up the story in verse 23 where a silversmith named Demetrius made silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis (her Roman name is Diana as in the King James translation).
He rallied idol-makers, warning that their livelihood was threatened by the new faith of the Christians: "Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that the gods made with hands are not gods. And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship" (Acts 19:25-27).
These pagans simply could not tolerate the Christian worldview: that there is an absolute moral law in the universe, that it is revealed to us from the Creator and Lawgiver, and that all of mankind will one day give an account to Him. The faith confronted the pagan worldview with the idea that since there is only one God and only one Savior of the human race, all other gods must be false.
These particular pagans simply could not tolerate that the Christians were peacefully telling their message of truth, love, forgiveness, and redemption in Jesus Christ. The silversmiths were losing business — and with it, power — and they had to put a stop to this new threat.