The following is a guest article, authored by our brother Chronoblip. Visit his site here.
When survival is the priority, because resources are scarce, human social interactions are driven by necessity.
When survival is not the priority, because resources are abundant, human social interactions are driven by novelty.
Shepherds are concerned with the survival of the flock.
Charlatans are concerned with their status in the flock.
Or as Jesus Christ put it:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. – John 10:11-14 (NKJV)
Shepherds “police the flock” for the safety of the flock, to ensure there are no “wolves in sheep’s clothing”, and the flock may or may not recognize and appreciate this and may or may not confer a higher status to the shepherd, but he’d be doing the same regardless. Charlatans “pace and lead” for their own status and benefit, because they are goats who want the wolves to eat the sheep first. Hirelings have some level of innocence, they may only be cowards, but charlatans cannot claim ignorance of what they are doing.
Goats think they’re sufficiently smart or cunning enough to avoid being caught, and that their schemes won’t be discovered until it’s “too late” for anyone to do anything about it.
Living in Italy, how much does someone like Vox need to worry about the consequences of people taking him as seriously as he takes himself? But we don’t need to waste our time trying to “expose him” or ensure he “gets his comeuppance”. Why?
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. – Romans 12:19 (NASB)
We shouldn’t be distracted by revenge from our work to “make disciples of all nations”.
Folks like him will get what he deserves, or it’ll have been nailed to the cross with Jesus Christ, and we won’t likely know for sure which it’ll be until after this life, so we can instead ignore him as much as his own choices allow us to. If he gets in our way, we can then deal with him, but if he runs away like a hireling at the first sign of danger, or worse ends up feeding people to the very mechanisms he claimed to be working against, then we’ll have been blessed by God to know for sure in this life to then act confidently and decisively with respect to him or folks like him.