Stirrer Pot – AllOnGeorgia

The pot shaker idiom appeared in the mid-twentieth century. While I can’t find any evidence that he’s from the south, it certainly looks like this. A pot shaker is someone who adds drama, stress, or confusion to every situation. They stir the pot whenever they have the chance. You’ve probably already thought of a few.

Let’s turn to the Word of God for some perspective on modern pot shakers. I am a very vocal person who likes to get my words out frequently. So when I read passages that tell me to “live a quiet life”, I get stepped on my toes. But then I refer to the passage in Hebrews 10 that says “don’t back down” and I feel like hitting the air with my fist again.

So what is it, are Christians meant to be vocal or to be silent little moral mice? Well, first we have to look at these verses in context, not in a way that reassures me. When Hebrews tells us not to back down, he gives us examples earlier in chapter 10 like: STAND UP TO HOPE, PROFESS the faithful one, RELY on doing good, MEET and ENCOURAGE YOU each other (verses 23-25).

All of these verbs can include the use of our voice, but none of them describe a pot shaker. The pot stirrer draws attention in 2 Thessalonians 3: 11-12. We hear that some of you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busy people. We command and urge these people in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

Young widowed women are even advised in 1 Timothy 5 to remarry so that they do not become pot shakers. Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going from house to house. And not only do they become slackers, but thugs who talk nonsense, say things they shouldn’t be doing. I can’t imagine why Paul referred to women as pot-brewers, can he?

So far we have learned that: (1) The biblical pot stirrer was called ‘busy’ (2) Idleness is a precursor to pot stir (3) being silent refers to appeasement of our idle chatter that destroys instead of accumulating. We have to admit that a lot of the hustle and bustle of the modern pot happens on social media. The fact that the shuffling is done on the keyboard doesn’t make it any less destructive.

You might not be a pot shaker, but how do you react to pot shakers? Honestly, sometimes the pot shaker actually makes me anxious to trigger a well-formulated zinger. However, the Holy Spirit wins each time and I end up scrolling as I roll my eyes. Stirring anyone’s pot is sterile and frankly Christians, we should be so busy spreading the gospel, encouraging others, and persevering in the faith that we have the time or the desire to stir the pots.

All that is TRUE

All that is NOBLE

All that is RIGHT

All that is PURE


All that is ADMIRABLE

All that is PLEASANT

Think about such things. Philippians 4: 8

A well-worded and opinionated commentary did not list the fruitful things that God wants us to fill our minds with. Strong-minded believers do not waste energy adding stress or confusion; rather, they bring clarity by speaking with the integrity of the Lord. If we want to shake things up, then let’s move hearts with the message that Christ has come for all to have abundant life!


Nadolyn served in the local church for over thirty years. Creator of DIRT ROAD BELIEVER YouTube, Nadolyn looks forward to sharing her faith, family and community to help believers slow down and deepen their relationship with Christ.

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