Critique vs. Critical
“So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer?
Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Romans 14:10).
I have discovered that, in the church, there is probably nothing more dangerous than a critical person! There is nothing wrong with critiquing but there is something wrong with being critical.
What’s the difference?
A critique evaluates – a critical person devalues!
A critique elevates – a critical person demoralizes!
A critique encourages – a critical person discourages!
I have been the recipient of criticism. Some of it has been extremely personal and painful. We all have those in our circle of influence people that have a critical spirit – they will literally suck the like out of you!
Paul told the Church in Rome to NOT do two things:
- Condemn other believers. We should not be filled with infighting and destructive words/behavior. There will be many things we disagree on, but lets not condemn each other. Choose to lift up, built up and bring up.
- Look down on other believers. Lets not look at people with pride or bad attitude. Christ loves the church! Lets love on the church in words and actions!
Here’s the clincher: “So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall” (Romans 14:13). Life is hard enough … let’s become encouragers of one another! Speak the truth, but do it in GREAT love!
It’s ok to help people through a critique process, but it is not okay to jump on every one with a critical spirit … instead choose a Christ-like Spirit!