Living in a hyper-critical world is taxing. It seems commonplace to find fault in others, whether a person, group of people, organization, nation, or whatever. Personally, I find it irritating, especially when the criticism is aimed at the church. Forgive me for being direct, but too often criticisers nitpick every aspect without pitching in to help create the needed changes. I suppose it is easier to complain about what is wrong than to expend the effort to create improvement.
I must admit. There are times the complainers have a good point. Regardless, if any complainer is not active in turning things around, you have not earned the right to critique. However, vested folks may speak up at any time. Just be respectful, gentle, and encouraging when helping others to do better.
So which type of Christian Believer are you? Are you a wedge driver [complainer], whereas your words cause people to distance themselves from you? Or, are you the fence mender [peacemaker], whereas your words encourage a willful cooperation to enact the needed change?
Let's not pretrend. Truth is the church needs improvement. In the spirit of continuous improvement, let us work together to make the needed transformations. Remember, Jesus said that He wish we would be one like He and the Father are one (John 17:21-23). Also, He said, "Love one another as I have loved you," (John 13:34). So when critiquing church matters, consider, Galatians 6:1 which states, "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
A poem is attached to amplify the above concern. It is uploaded as a PDF document. Feel free to share the link for this blog or the related poem. Thanks for permittnig me to vent. I feel much better now. ;-)