Is it ever right to complain about your church?

Posted: 11 June 2014

On Sunday night we looked at Exodus 15-17 and the way God's people grumbled in the desert. Someone asked me afterwards if it is ever right to complain about the church. I said that it is never right to be a grumbler, but it is always right to have holy discontent.

You can tell the difference because a grumbler is someone who:

  • is never satisfied
  • has a critical spirit
  • complains behind people's backs
  • is not motivated to get involved and be the answer to their criticism
  • does not respect, honour or trust their leaders
  • does not commit to praying for improvement
  • never recognises evidences of God's grace in the church
  • has an undercurrent of anger in their lives
  • is always seeking to reform the church so that it is more in line with their agenda, preferences and likes
  • has a small and temporary vision about what matters most

Someone who has holy discontent, on the other hand:

  • does not need things to be perfect to be satisfied
  • has a spirit of encouragement
  • addresses issues they have to the people responsible
  • is motivated to get involved and solve the problems they identify
  • respects, honours and trusts their leaders even when they don't understand their position
  • regularly prays for improvement
  • recognises evidences of grace all over the place
  • has an undercurrent of wonder in their lives
  • is always reforming the church so that it is more in line with scripture and more effective in mission and ministry
  • has a large and eternal vision about what matters most

Let's pray that Vine Church is full of people who have holy discontent.

Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Discipleship, Reflection

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