The Cancer’s not worth the Vitamin C


Wolf - sheepThis is actually a follow up to my middle of the night post yesterday, the other side of the same coin…

All that restlessness over wolves among sheep…read here to catch up. I’m not finished sorting through this one. I mean, sure we need to be careful to identify wolves because some can merely be hurting sheep and if we misdiagnose the problem we might find ourselves slaughtering innocent sheep. On the other hand, miss a wolf and you run the risk of it running wild among the helpless flock.

And I mean helpless. Unless the sheep call on their heavenly Shepherd (Jesus) they stand no chance against even a lone wolf. Seriously, just how many sheep does it take to beat a wolf?

Answer? The number is infinite, because sheep refuse to work together. They only run, or scatter, they never stop to think that 20 or 30 of them together could easily take on a lone wolf. The shear (no pun intended) weight of them could crush the intruder. But that’s just it, sheep never work together. That’s why a lone wolf among sheep is just as bad as a pack of wolves — except that the pack would do more damage in a shorter amount of time. But one wolf could keep on killing until he grew tired of it. No sheep is going to stand up to it.

That’s why I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s best to hit it head on—even if you are wrong. You can always apologize. Just own up to your mistake and explain to the wolf impersonator(s) that they need to be careful that their actions are not misinterpreted. If their hearts are right, they will take it and learn from it. If they get angry and leave in a huff…well…what kind of animal huffs?

“Or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house down!”

Sounds like a wolf to me! Turns out you were dealing with a wolf after all. So better to err on the side of caution and check quickly to see who or what you are actually up against. Because one things for sure. The cancer is not worth the vitamin C!

Oh, I better explain…

The other day I was talking to a friend in ministry who was trying his best to convince me that a couple in his church really did mean well. First of all, whenever I hear this I automatically grow skeptical. People who always ‘mean well’ don’t always ‘behave well.’ He was referring to a couple who constantly undermined leadership, had nothing in common with the vision and direction of the church, hated the pastor and said the church was full of clicks. He was desperately trying to figure out what to do with these otherwise very servant-hearted people. That’s when I blurted out the title of this post,

Sounds like, ‘The Cancer’s not worth the Vitamin C.’

Vitamin C has a lot of uses. It’s good for staving off colds, it’s part of the 3 musketeers of antioxidants (C, E and A). It’s a very necessary supplement—especially if you were a sailor in the 1600’s—nothing like a few grapefruits or oranges to fight off scurvy.

But the last time I checked, vitamin C didn’t do much for cancer. But when we talk about church work, spiritual scurvy is always present before a church sickens into a Cancerous Cathedral. So be kind to servants and volunteers. Thank God for those who come along side you in the work to further God’s Kingdom, but never,


allow someone to use the excuse of, ‘but what about all I’ve done for this place?’ to justify ungodly and divisive behavior.

The cancer’s not worth the vitamin C.