Got another wonderful bit of “spiritual criticism” the other day on my blog, WorshipSetIdeas.com. Here it is:
Wow. A blog showing off worship sessions from churches. Never thought I would ever see something like this. I thought worship was meant for the Lord, not for broadcasting like a show on youtube or blogs. All I see is MAN and God taking backseat in a wonderfully and marvelously produced show.
Compare these lavish worship session and church decor with the amazing growing church in China, Africa or any part of the world and you will see a massive contrast. One so entertainment driven to excite, entice and draw in, and the other utterly and purely for the sake of worshiping the Creator. The heart might be right, but the methods are all messy.
Now, we could poke holes in his comment all day. I’m not going to focus on that. I’m not even going to focus on his chumplikeness for leaving the comment anonymously. I’m going to comment on why this affected me.
He went the “spiritual route”. Ouch! He made me feel like I was so unspiritual for having a blog like this. That’s the lowest blow. It hits below the spiritual belt and makes you writhe in guttural pain. This actually flashed across my mind: “God is rejecting me for destroying His Church!”
Call me a bit dramatic…but I feel like that any time I get some of this “spiritual criticism”. Are you the same way? Do you get hurt each time someone attacks your church for not being “spiritual enough”?
It’s really ludicrous. His criticism wasn’t rooted in the Spirit. Criticism and Spirit have no business being in the same sentence. So I can relax a little.
Plus, I need to be confident in the calling God has on my life. I’m never going to let a man convict me…only God. As long as I submit this to Him and let Him call the shots…I’ll be fine.
Maybe I’m talking about me in this post. But I get the feeling I just might be talking about you too. Don’t let “spiritual criticism” affect your work at church. Press on toward God’s calling and let the haters hate all they want.