We recognize that church isn’t perfect. We talk about what needs to improve. We talk about what is unhealthy. There are changes that need to take place.
I wonder if sometimes that conversation happens far too easily. I wonder if criticism isn’t easier to engage in than constructively working toward something better.
Problems are easy to diagnose, much harder to cure.
All of this got me thinking about the need to be more encouraging.
Of all the people in my life who stand out it is not those who know how to spot a problem who come to mind, rather, those who envision a bright and hopeful future.
We need more people like that.
That means I need to be more of a person like that. Maybe you do too.
I am not saying we need happy-go-lucky people who turn a blind eye to all that is wrong with church and Christianity. No. I am saying we need more people who see all of that and are still hopeful.
We have every reason to be hopeful because we know where God is taking this whole thing. We know how the story ends.
So be of good cheer in spite of the problems that exist. Work to fix them without becoming a critic. You will become someone people remember for a very long time. Critics are forgotten in a moment. Those who bring hope are remembered for generations.