If folks in the early Christian Church were anything like church folks now, this probably actually happened.
One of my greatest frustrations as a local church pastor was how often my congregation members would focus on petty “problems” rather than on larger and more important concerns. People die from starvation every minute, but let’s spend 3 hours debating the color of the new carpet in the sanctuary. The youth leader doubled the size of the youth group, but let’s give him a hard time about his facial hair. Our sanctuary is filled with children, but let’s glare at them and their parents when they aren’t completely silent during the Worship service. These situations sound ridiculous, but they are reality in many congregations.
And don’t get me started on complaints that begin with, “Some people…” That’s just code for, “I know my complaint is petty, but I’m going to try to make it sound like the problem is larger than it is so you’ll do what I want.” If “some people” really are bothered by something, “some people” should be willing to come forward and speak up.
Otherwise, “some people” should stop wasting the pastor’s time.
Can I get an “Amen?”