Do you know how to do things in the right way?
Acts 19: 38 “If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges.”
The city clerk was saying that Demetrius and his men should not have done what they had. Dragging this whole situation into a city-wide event was wrong, there were proper channels and procedures for their grievance, it wasn’t here.
There is a time and a place for everything.
Demetrius scored an own goal by doing things the wrong way round.
How many times have we seen people with a convincing argument but the way they go about it means no one listens to their argument but focuses on the poor presentation or on the fact that they have not followed protocol. Breaking customs amount to a greater sin than the sin being presented sometimes.
The family of God have protocols. We have policies. We have places to go to. For example: “If anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1). Our policies are grace and love. Be careful of those who catch the sinner but try and deal with them outside of the protocols set for us.