I grow weary of watching ministers of the Gospel and fellow followers of Christ being slain by the sword of criticism at the hands of those who claim to be their brothers and sisters in the Gospel. I think the Church needs to wake up to the toxic culture of criticism, rooted in a lack of submission to authority, a hardness of heart, and stubbornness and pride, that exists within its own walls. It’s time to learn the difference between CRITICISM and CORRECTION.
A critical spirit is not submitted to authority. A corrective spirit goes through the proper channels of authority.
A critical spirit over-steps it’s relational boundaries, thinking it is entitled to a voice in the life of someone with whom it has not earned the right to speak. A corrective spirit stays within the boundaries of relationships in which it has earned the right to speak.
A critical spirit seeks to destroy. A corrective spirit seeks to repair.
A critical spirit’s root desire is to voice its complaints, believing itself entitled to be heard. A corrective spirit’s root desire is to support, affirm, edify, and build up.
A critical spirit is often secret, one-sided whispers in corners behind our backs. A corrective spirit is face-to face and two-sided conversation rooted in mutual, reciprocal relationship.
A critical spirit is often sweet and syrupy to your face, but acid-tongued behind your back. A corrective spirit is the same to your face as it is behind your back.
A critical spirit is almost always rooted in preference & subjective opinion. A corrective spirit is almost always rooted in fruit.
A critical spirit is indirect in its communication (complaints and concerns aired through gossip and slander with everyone but the individual himself). A corrective spirit is straightforward (concerns voiced face-to-face with the individual himself).
A critical spirit is quick to accuse. A corrective spirit offers the benefit of the doubt.
A critical spirit divides. A corrective spirit unites.
A critical spirit is not likely to consider the feelings of the person/place against whom they are complaining. A corrective spirit prefers the feelings of the person/place who needs correction.
A critical spirit wounds. A corrective spirit helps.