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I just read an excellent post by my friend Jeremy Myers. In it he says that people often label him as being too critical of the church. Boy, can I relate! I've often gotten flack for the same thing. Does that make us somehow less Christian for being critical? Far from it. In truth, as Jeremy points out, there are actually some very good reasons for being somewhat critical.
As I thought about Jeremy's post, I was reminded of a post of mine from a few years ago called on Critically Testing Church Leaders. I was also reminded of how people often are quick to say, "Do not judge," seemingly forgetting that sometimes we are to in fact judge. No, we are not to judge in a condemnation sense, for only God can do that. However, we are to judge in a discernment sense, and especially so when it comes to the church. Having said that, any criticizing must always be loving and redemptive in nature. Without that we too have missed the boat.
Jeremy's blog post is called, 10 Reasons I Criticize the Church. I couldn't have said it better myself if I had tried. Be sure to check it out.
Peace and Blessings.