There has been a theme of correction God has put into the minds of believers about just how important it is to not talk badly about believers behind their back. You are not looking at the Christ of someone when you speak badly about them. It always starts off as an “innocent observation” and then as someone’s flaws are gradually unveiled to us, we think we have received some sort of “aha!” moment.
I urge you to continue in fighting the battle against your own tongue; I urge you to be the guard of your ears as well.
Since I don’t want to beat you over the head about the importance of not giving the devil an inch by talking badly about others in your fellowship, I will go straight to my point:
Do not give into talking badly about leaders, their fellowships, and the structure of their ministry.
Don’t do it! That type of gossip too is a trick. Sure your mind is saying, “but, but, but, I want to be on guard because their actions affect a lot of people.” It boils down to this: Either God has placed you in that fellowship or God has not placed you in that fellowship.
Why verbalize “innocent observations” about where God has put you? Don’t you trust that God gave the leaders revelation on how to structure their fellowship?
In one fellowship, their encouragement from God may be to make people great leaders. And that means you’ll see some not-so-great “leaders” fall on their behinds giving it a try. But then you’ll see other leaders who could not serve as they do now if it weren’t for the structure of that particular fellowship.
The structure of a fellowship is not intended to make anyone fall. It is intended to carry out God’s plan. Not being served? No problem. Our identity in Christ is not so we can be served but so we can serve others. That means not every meeting is going to be for you. That means sometimes you will function best as part of the support system. And sometimes you will function best by stepping up.
Either way, if we believe that God has placed a leader in our lives; and as a leader, that person believes God has revealed a certain way to handle the ministry—who are we to insult what God has placed before us?
If the foundation of a fellowship is based on God’s word, but the execution is not where it needs to be, don’t you think our selfless prayers, our love for the ministry as believers, our caring input straight to the source, will serve better than a chatty mouth? Or as we like to call, our “observations”?
Where we say “aha!” God says, “duh.”
God doesn’t put us in flawless fellowships with flawless leaders and flawless structure and handling of a ministry. My encouragement is for us to look at the Christ in our leaders and not their execution. It’s a sign of respect to keep our mouths quiet and let God fix up the blemishes.
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