Why It’s Better if Some Christians Just Shut Up
Recently I was having a conversation with a person I met in Starbucks. I noticed he was reading his Bible, so I politely asked what he was reading. (I love to meet new people and have good conversations)
We had a short chat about what he was studying, and then suddenly he turned our little chat into a conversation about Joel Olsteen.
My friend that I had just met had a serious problem with Joel Olsteen. He spent the rest of our conversation trying to lure me into a Joel Olsteen bashing fest. When he finally outright asked me my opinion, all I could muster up was, “In second Kings, 2 bears destroyed a bunch a people for talking bad about a man of God.”
It’s true. 2 Kings 2:23-25. That was a truth this man needed to hear. It’s a truth WE ALL need to hear. Nothing lights a fire inside of me more than people slandering one of God’s people or another church.
If you have a problem with a church or pastor (famous or not), and you like to spread crud about them to others, SHUT UP! Please just shut up! Shut up for the sake of all of us trying to help and build up the kingdom. There are Biblical ways to settle disputes, and that’s not one of them.
Joel Olsteen for instance, is a man of God that is helping thousands and doing exactly what God has called Him to do. It’s expected that when you do big things for God, the world will hate you. But when the majority of haters are from our own body of Christ, what’s wrong with us?
This isn’t about Joel Olsteen, he just happened to be my example. The point I want to make is that God will never honor a spirit of disunity or competition. Never. Think before spreading something bad about a fellow believer or church. What are your intentions; what good is it going to cause? I personally won’t stand for this. The things we say are one of the most powerful weapons we have. Use them to build up and encourage others.
Many of God’s people and churches do however go astray. The answer is not to spread rumors and condemn them. That would put us more astray than them. The answer is to love and speak life over them. Pray for them. A kingdom divided will not stand (Mark 3:24).
The ministry that God honors is a ministry that is openly unified with others. We are all on the same team working with the same purpose. Spread love and speak life over each other.
Church leaders, if there is a spirit of disunity or competition with your church and another church, I challenge you to reach out and mend that relationship. I challenge you to speak of that unity and love you have for them to your congregation. It’ll change your whole ministry.
Agree/Disagree? I would love to hear what you guys think in the comments below.