We as Christians often face a conflict: we as Christians want to fight a misconception we see a large group holding and want to correct it. If we spend too much time trying to do so, we’re seen as “negative.” If we do nothing, we’re enabling the problem. So what do we do?
“Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.”
Proverbs 9:7-12 ESV
Essentially, we are to correct those who are wise and righteous enough to accept correction. Someone who lashes out at you for it clearly is not.
So, which side of the spectrum are you on? Are you unwilling to accept criticism, choosing instead to take it as “being negative?” Or do you accept criticism faithfully, understanding that even if the words are harsh or even brought to you in the wrong way, you should take it as a challenge to do better?
Just something to think about.
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