This morning I came across an article titled, “Five Ways to Teach Your Children to Hate the Ministry.”
This is a very popular article format–putting something in a negative, as a way to explain what SHOULD happen. But I’ve come to dislike it. It’s gimmicky, cliche, uncreative. And it comes from a negative mindset. We shouldn’t look at ourselves from a negative viewpoint, always pointing what Christians do wrong.
- “Ten Ways to Kill Your Youth Group.”
- “How to Turn Off Unbelievers.”
- “Five Behaviors That Will Destroy Your Church.”
- “Seven Principles of Highly Ineffective Pastors.”
When I come across this type of article, I pass. There may be great content, but I’m not interested in reading yet another article about what we Christians do wrong. The media is filled with so much negative stuff. We don’t need to add to it, especially when talking about our life-giving faith. Let’s try to start from a positive.