And who doesn’t? To give your opinion and judge while not being judged yourself. Well at least not immediately. I guess you could really rock the boat and cause some kind of uproar with massively offensive or off laddish remarks, but for the most part the critic just says what the critic thinks, tells you to take it or leave it and then goes on to the next critique. The problem of this for me is that it often makes people stationary in their trust and drive to move forward with what their doing for God and God is always on the move. Not only is he always moving forward and building his kingdom, but he wants you to come along.
The question I want to ask is what is the purpose of the critique, are they just trying to stir things up (one of my favorites), get out of doing something (clever, but after while these people tend to get transparent), or just plain mean (makes me think of a lot of entertainment nowadays).
So what would Jesus do and where does he fit into this conversation? Well, you probably know Jesus was the biggest critic of his time, enough so that himself and many others bringing his message were murdered for being just that. What makes Jesus different from the critics that I critiqued in the opening is that he had a plan and a solution to implement correcting what he saw that needed criticism.
How did he do this? Jesus built a team. He built a team of apostles to continue making disciples and believers for God’s kingdom and his glory. He tells us that he did this so that things would be ready for him to implement his ultimate solution of a second coming to conquer evil one last time for all whom are chosen. This message speaks to me and keeps me motivated to try and work for him and not myself (and also my love for science fiction, where a lot of his prophecy is often plagiarized, but that’s for another blog).
Jesus didn’t just build a team though; he was with them on the front lines with his boots on the ground. He was the ultimate father figure, knowing when to be encouraging and when to use his boots in a different way. On the front steps of churches, government buildings and in Transkei SA I can see him showing up today, arguing with religious leaders and government officials (you could say he was a little bit of a trouble maker). I can see him showing the sick that there is way to be healed and the disenfranchised that there is something much bigger than anything they could possibly imagine being apart of, while playing a dynamic and substantial role.
With all this critique I may be getting a bit hypocritical, but my purpose is to encourage criticism, debate, and conversation. What I often see missing in criticism is a solution. What I also see is that without a solution, criticism often feels like a door being closed. If this is the case it is important to remember that every door we see as closed is an open door to God and his plans for you. Thus be a critic, be fair in your criticism, HAVE A SOLUTION, and be willing to implement it.