I read a statement by John Holcomb that clearly expresses my response to my many critics. I don’t mind critics as they contribute a lot to the sharpening of an otherwise dull mind. Perhaps two dull minds, theirs and mine.
Mr. Holcomb said, “You must get involved to have an impact. No one is impressed with the won-lost record of the referee.” I might add the won-lost record of the spectator also.
Our country is full of folks who are unofficial referees, who make the tough calls concerning the performance of everyone, from the president to the local dog catcher. I even heard one discussing the sub-par conduct of the neighborhood Notary Public.
Churches of all types are subject to the same. I have learned to enjoy conversations with the referees who clearly identify shortcomings in church programs. I certainly have my share. The Great Blonde and I visited a community event to help raise funds for the Fire Department. While there a couple stopped to talk with us and shared a litany of problems with their particular group. After briefly listening, I asked a simple question: “What are you personally doing to alleviate the shortcomings of your church?” That was the end of that conversation.
“Gossip is the sharing of a problem with someone at your level or below who does not have the power to correct it.” Dave Ramsey
Job 6:24 “Teach me, and I will hold my tongue:” In part.
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