I saw a T-shirt advertising a popular crab-shack with the words “Got Crabs?” Now, what kinds of crabs are we talking about here because crab can vary.
For instance, there is this giant spider crab (Macrocheira kampferi) which lives in the waters off the Ryukyu Islands southeast of Japan that stands three feet high and often weighs as much as thirty pounds. His powerful legs can spread as wide as twelve feet and any man to challenge him has usually drawn back a bloody nub. He doesn’t appreciate being discovered and, during the day, secludes himself under the deep ocean waters. When the sun sets, he clambers ashore in dark secrecy and goes about beach like an extraterrestrial, attempting to quell an insatiable appetite. Japanese fishermen dread snagging this monster in their nets because of the certain damage to equipment and personnel and, when caught, this fellow can be a malcontent.
Giant crabs are a problem in a lot of areas, especially in the Church. Their wide span of influence can affect the whole Body. Their impact is damaging and often leads to severed members and, sometimes, spiritual death. Their most effective work is done in secrecy, and they are incredibly powerful in their ability to devastate. This kind of crab is hard to miss, not because of their size or color but because of their practices. Gossiping, backbiting, and demoralizing are their crushing claws. They feed on ill-will, division and turmoil, and never seem to get enough. Worst of all, when discovered, they usually express an ugliness unbecoming a Christian.
Yes, crabs can be a problem for the Church and their absence is a blessing. “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19). Got crabs?