The Tator Family
by Jerry Curry
I'm Just One
by Richard Thetford
The Tator Family
To introduce the point of this article, we relate a story (of obviously doubtful truthfulness) which emphasizes the main point of this article. The story goes that Walter Cronkite went to ask for the hand of his beloved “Sweet Tator”. He approached her father “Irish Tator”, asking for her hand in marriage. Without hesitance, Irish Tator said no. To his sharp reply, Walter simply asked, “Why?” Again, without hesitation, Irish Tator replied, “Because you are just a “commentator”. (Note to younger readers: Walter Cronkite was a well-known news commentator).
The point has been made that there are various types of “tators” in the church. Let’s examine a few types to see what kind of “tator” we are.
1. Spectator - A Spectator is one that sits and observes, but never gets involved. Paul says in I Cor 15:58 “to be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”.
2. Agitator - An agitator is a Christian who is continually stirring up trouble. We learn in Proverbs 6:16-18 that one of the things God hates is “he that soweth discard among brethren”. Remember the words of the Psalmist, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”.
3. Devastator - A Devastator is one who causes others to stumble and go back into sin, thus making shipwreck of the faith. We are cautioned by Paul in Romans 14:13, “... that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”
4. Dictator - A Dictator is one who is determined to rule the church, not concerned if the harmony of the church is disrupted in the process. Diotrephes was one who “loved to have the preeminence” 3 John 9.
5. Commentator - A Commentator is one who can well be associated with Pharisees in the time of Jesus. The Pharisees seemed to always have something to say, and, oftentimes, it was unjust criticism. Jesus exposed their hypocrisy in Matthew 23:3. “All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say and do not.” Commentators tend to stand on the sideline and criticize those who are doing their best, but are not willing to get involved themselves.
Now that we have “culled out” the bad tators, let’s look at two good tators.
6. Meditator - A Meditator is one who follows the advice of Paul in I Tim 4:15. “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.”
7. Imitator - An Imitator seeks to follow the example that Jesus left for us. We are exhorted in I Peter 1:16, “Be ye holy; for I am holy”. Paul says in I Cor 11:1, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.”
May each one of us examine ourselves and answer the question, what kind of tator am I?
- Jerry Curry
I'm Just One
Have you ever thought to yourself that “I’m just one?” You may have thought things like, “I don’t have great talents. There are so many others. Someone else can do better than me. My work, my efforts, my contributions aren’t that significant.” Have you imagined that no one will notice if you aren’t there and don’t get involved? If so, maybe it would help to spend time remembering some familiar Bible stories. Consider the importance of one person (or just a few persons) when:
-Noah saved the human race from total annihilation in the global flood.
-Joseph overcame being sold as a slave, rose to high office in Egypt, and ultimately helped his entire family in the midst of a terrible famine.
-Moses stood up to Pharaoh and delivered the children of Israel from bondage.
-Joshua (and Caleb) brought back a good report on the promised land.
-Gideon (and his 300 men) won a battle against a huge army.
-David defeated Goliath, and in the process encouraged the army of Israel to a major victory over the Philistines.
-Elijah withstood the 450 prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel.
-The prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, etc.) steadfastly proclaimed God’s word even though they were opposed and persecuted.
-Queen Esther saved the Jews from Haman’s plot to have them all killed.
-Nehemiah single-handedly motivated and led the people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
-And the ultimate example: Jesus, who suffered and died alone so that you and I could be forgiven of our sins and have the hope of heaven in eternity.
The next time you think, “I’m just one. My work doesn’t matter,” remember that the history of God’s people is the history of a faithful few who did what they could to serve Him! I want to encourage all of us to get busy in the Lord’s kingdom. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Via Walking in the Light, October 21, 2011