I have had this post typed up in my head for weeks now. I would come to my blog and type it out here, but then erase it, then come back and do it again.
Then erase it again.
I kept having difficulty saying what I felt without going on a full fledged rant about what I felt needed to be addressed….
Critical Christianity. Critical Christians.
I am pretty active on Twitter and Facebook. I read a great number of blogs in my spare time (spare time? What’s that?). And I feel I have a rather accurate, yet disturbing, pulse on what a lot of these social media forums are used for.
For complaining. Criticizing. Harsh language. Attacking those we don’t agree with. Critical of Ministry leaders we despise….or let’s be more specific, critical about Mark Driscoll.
Yeah I went there.
I have watched the last few interviews Pastor Mark has done on TV and there is always a firestorm full of public “opinion” about him. Most of it not good. And a lot of the venom coming from Christians. And just so you know, those who don’t know Jesus can read your tweets. And I bet they wonder why the heck the Christians always seem to attack each other.
These past couple of Sundays at Illuminate, my husband has spoken on how we use our words: Either to hurt, or to heal. (You can watch those sermons here) Pastor Mark isn’t alone. Whether it be regarding the Kony 2012 campaign and Invisible Children, John Piper, Joel Osteen, Kirk Cameron, Church signs, whatever the case may be, it seems we all have an opinion and have something to say. And a lot of time what comes out of our mouths is not healing, edifying or uplifting to the body of Christ.
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as it fits the occasion, that it may give GRACE (emphasis mine) to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
We will always have someone or something that we don’t agree with. There are a lot of people in this world. We will always have an opinion. And Satan is very real. And of course, theologically, we need to stand firm on God’s word and if something does not sound right or is incorrect, we need to correct it. But what is key in that verse is that our mouths were to be used to supply words that would build up, not tear down. To supply grace to those who hear.
Our words need to supply LIFE, not death. We are Christians.
If we spent more time looking for those who needed to hear words of comfort, words of hope, words of peace, Words of Life…..then I honestly don’t think we would have time to criticize those we disagree with.
We don’t always need to say what we think. We don’t always have to prove a point. To prove we are right. To write a blog post about another person. To voice our opinion. Or even to prove our innocence.
A lot of times it is okay to keep our mouths shut.
Let’s choose words that heal. And abandon words that hurt.