Don’t be cynical

The danger of growing up in the church, thriving in the church, being in the church for education and leadership and vocation, is that there’s a big danger of growing cynicism. The I’ve seen it all and I’m right about my negative comments attitude.

Perception is important and opinions are valid, but cynicism is a vicious beast that gets into the soul and undermines productivity, hope, passion, and life itself. It is a gateway drug to deeper sins if not addressed.

I’m trying to write my experiences at Origins yesterday as they came, so added my bit of snark as I wrote it down in my notes.

Next up on the page, just after a few lines about Erwin McManus’s introduction I have written in big letters, with a star next to it.

DON’T BE CYNICAL

I caught myself, caught myself assessing and critiquing rather than being in the moment, accepting what was given in the heart it was shared.

I didn’t want to embrace that attitude. It whispered at my soul and I indulged it for a moment, then said no.

This is an important post, a comment all by itself, because it’s easy not only for me, but for others in these new movements to become cynical, and suspect, and derisive of others. I heard the comments like I used made against others during the day–the sort of acceptable mocking of TBN, or Osteen, or others.

DON’T BE CYNICAL.

Get over it. If you’re caught in it through damage and disaster and hut that might take awhile. But get away from it.

It does no one any good, even if it feels good in the moment, justifying a hidden self-superiority. Be it whatever topic you want to choose such as women in ministry, or liturgy, or Scripture, or music, or personal grooming, or whatever–it’s a bad road to go down when the initial reaction always starts with a negative.

Don’t be cynical, Patrick.

Okay. I’ll try to do better.

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