Monday, September 26, 2011

SPLINTERS, LOGS, PEARLS AND PIGS: The Critical Spirit

 1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.


Matthew 7:1-6


The critical spirit. This is the person who always thinks, "I am right and everyone else is wrong." Critical people always see, and aren't afraid of telling you, what is wrong with you, the world, your kids, the church, the leaders, their bosses, their co-workers... whoever. They search for the tiniest mistakes. Their heart is hard, their way is right and their mouth is cynical. The only apology they may make, is when they feel, for the umpteenth time in a single conversation, shaking their head in prideful disdain, they must inform you again of the error of your ways, your work, your judgement, your life. Everything they say is right and their uncanny ability to pick you apart is something they may consider their "gift" to the world. The strangest thing, however, is that this person will tear down an idea, concept, project or plan so quickly, but many times this very person will have ZERO experience or knowledge on the subject to support their demolition of another person.


This debater prides himself/herself on their wins, mentally carving the notch in the "belt" of people who have been pummeled, yet never considering the opponent they "took down". They mentally dismiss the occasional thought that every relationship in their life has crumbled or is in the process of destruction, mainly due to their solitary goal of being right. This person is a brilliant debater in their own mind, but very poor at truly loving anyone. Love can't be found in this hostile world of argument, criticism, arrogance and mental cruelty. Those that try to love this person approach them with a sense of guard, knowing that every good deed or word will by dissected, analyzed and carried out with the day's garbage. 


Always being critical of others and propelling oneself to a superior level actually makes it difficult for this person to change, grow, or learn. They hide their own faults/sins by projecting those exact faults/sins onto others. Publicly belittling someone for the very things he/she secretly dabbles in. They will judge mercilessly and defend their own ego. 


The problem is not personality, intellect, or logic, but rather, it is spiritual in origin. The master they serve is also the accuser of the brethren. Beware of anyone, confessing christianity or not, who has a critical spirit.