Arkansas Baptist News
We live in a complicated time. What is good is bad, and what is bad is good. Things our parents and grandparents would have never tolerated we now regularly allow into our living rooms via TV every evening. In my mind, there is little doubt human history is coming to some sort of climax, but how soon only God knows.
In our present age, it is so easy to be critical of so many things, while actually turning a blind eye to things – and sin – that we enjoy.
As followers of Jesus Christ, there are things that should be off-limits, or at least handled in private among believers.
This includes criticism of one’s church.
I have often said, “If I ever get to the point that I can’t be positive and support the ministries of the church where I attend, rather than sow discord among the brethren, I will just leave.”
While our criticism may be voiced to a small group of friends and others we trust in our church, the fact is our negativity can have an adverse impact on the church’s staff and ministry.
We all are – to some degree – guilty of this type of talk. Rather than criticize, perhaps it would be better to pause and have a little talk with Jesus, who sees the ministry of His Church very differently than human eyes and ears ever will.
Arkansas Baptists enjoy churches of every size, style and location. The fact is, no matter how successful the ministry of a church is, no church is perfect.
Your pastor, ministerial staff and key leaders need your support, not your criticism.
Remember what your mother said, “If you can’t say something positive, don’t say anything at all.”
And many a parent has told a child, “Don’t you worry about (insert name), you just worry about (your name)!”
Remember what Scripture says in Luke 6:42 (NIV): “How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Tim Yarbrough is editor of the Arkansas Baptist News.