Not An Unusual Observation
He wasn’t the only one to make this observation, and most I hear from with similar comments are ministers. Some agree that Christian blogs, church and Christians in general are . . .
- . . . negative
- . . . judgmental
- . . . condemning
- . . . just depressing!
I’ve never made a survey of blogs by Christians, but I know what is frequently said in church.
It really is necessary to confront sin as sin, and at the same time, it’s just as important to encourage and lift each other with positive, supportive words. “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2
More Flies With Honey . . . you know the rest . . . .
Everybody’s favorite professor in grad school frequently reminded us that, “You get better responses from positive reinforcement than from negative reinforcement.” I often think of this principle when I get complimented or hear appreciation. I certainly want to work harder to get that next, “Atta boy!”
What about you? Do you see Christians as downers? Is church often more depressing than uplifting?
I feel sad when I hear such statements made about a blog by a christian, or about church, or Christianity in general. I also recognize the fact that in some circumstances it’s accurate. A bad experience at a critical time in someone’s life, or a couple of negative experiences might generate a spirit of skepticism and suspicion. But negative attitudes in Christianity is not all the time. Not even most of the time.
Let’s Make A Difference
Be the one who changes the course of the conversation when you hear negative talk. Take it in an encouraging direction. Admit when things aren’t right and remind whoever’s involved that were all dealing with humans . . . people who make mistakes.
“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” — 1 Thess. 5:14
Please Add Your Thoughts
I’d like to hear your comments on this subject.
If you want to talk about making your church a more positive experience, contact me through the, “Let Me Hear From You,” page.