A couple of days ago, Eugene Cho had this post on his blog. He mentioned Amos 5:21-24 and challenged to read it as if it were addressed to each of us. He pointed out that it is cool for us to point out the cheesiness of “those Christians” and makes the case that we sometimes cross the line and become what we are criticizing.
Here’s the text from Amos 5:21-24 (The Message):
I can’t stand your religious meetings.
I’m fed up with your conferences and conventions.
I want nothing to do with your religion projects,
your pretentious slogans and goals.
I’m sick of your fund-raising schemes,
your public relations and image making.
I’ve had all I can take of your noisy ego-music.
When was the last time you sang to me?
Do you know what I want?
I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
That’s what I want. That’s all I want.
I know that I can be pretty critical of evangelical subculture, and I have been. Thanks, Eugene, for the reminder to remain humble and not make the criticisms the goal.
What are your thoughts? Can we be too critical of our more traditional and fundamental brothers and sisters? When have we crossed the line from passion into criticism?