Gideon was an iconoclast commissioned by God. And fulfiling that commission must have been a painful experience - because his father was a worshiper of Baal. Gideon's pain would come from two sources: fear of his father's anger, love for his father who would not only be angry but hurt that his own son had destroyed the idols. There was also the love and fear of God, whose command he had heard. Love would motivate him to obey the Lord, and fear of the Lord would cause him to resist the cauldron of emotions that stood in the way of that obedience.
Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
This verse says more than one thing of great relevance to today's "church", certainly of great relevance to the true ekklesia.
Who is this man Archippus?
For one thing, he lived in Colosse, and was a member of the ekklesia there.
For another, he had received a ministry in the Lord.
For a third, he was not fulfiling it.
Treats of leaving ecclesiastical Babylon, the "church" that Jesus did not establish.
We are not the first to want to leave ecclesiastical Babylon. I quote from an article by David Greenlee, director of OM's International Ministry Services.