How to silence your critics

I’m writing this post on October 30. Tomorrow is October 31, or Halloween. Some of you may know it better as Satan’s birthday.

I can’t confirm if it’s actually Satan’s birthday. That can be one of those questions you ask God when you get to Heaven, along with why Unicorns never made it on the ark or why The Celebrity Apprentice is still a thing.

Every year we do a big event at our church called Blocktober. It’s a ginormous block party where parents bring their kids to have a safe and fun time, while stockpiling their body weight in candy.

It’s a great event every year. But I always dread the next day because of what’s waiting in my office on November 1.

Anonymous emails from people who, in no uncertain terms, spend paragraphs telling me what a terrible event it was, how I must be a horrible person to celebrate such a day at a church, and how I’m making Jesus “look bad.”

You don’t have to be a Christian to get criticized. The only real qualification for having critics is having ever been alive.

So what’s the best way to silence your critics? Jesus shows us in Luke 14:1-4 (NIV):

1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6 And they had nothing to say.

Jesus did something everyone will find useful, whether you are a Christian or not. He reminded them of this:

Mission trumps tradition every time.

It’s hard for anyone to argue against someone doing something good, remarkable, something human even when it doesn’t fit into the established box.

Being right isn’t as important as doing right.

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