Constructive Criticism? Bring It On!
When it’s specific, constructive and impartial, criticism can identify problems, allowing us to find solutions.
So let's make a deal.
Let’s call a moratorium on criticizing the church in general. Let’s agree that, when problems need to be addressed, they should meet the three criteria I’ve mentioned:
We must know enough about the specific church, minister or ministry to understand what’s really wrong. That doesn’t happen by remote-control. It requires relationship. Too many of us start with the last step of Matthew 18:15-17, instead of the first one.
The criticism must have a point – to build each other up, not tear each other down. Ephesians 4:29 is a great place to start.
Valid criticism is always about content, not personal attacks. When we have an impartial approach, we’ll be as open to receiving criticism as we are to giving it. Maybe more so, as Paul recommends in Galatians 6:1-5.
I reserve the right to criticize. And I acknowledge your right to do the same. But I pledge that I will always strive to meet those three criteria when I do so.
I hope you’ll join me in this pledge. Especially when you criticize me.
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