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Answering Critics (With the Holy Spirit’s Help)

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Several years ago I learned a lesson about answering critics. I had just finished leading worship for a big event that had taken a huge amount of my emotional and physical emotional energy, the better part of six months to plan and execute, and a significant amount of ministry capital, when a letter arrived in my mailbox (an actual letter, in my actual mailbox) addressed to (you guessed it…) me. As any humble worship leader would do, I hoped that this letter would contain high praise for my incomparable musical and spiritual prowess, list specific ways I was awesome, tell me particularly impressive things I had done, and possibly contain a financial blessing (i.e. “cash”).

I opened it up, ready to receive the flattering praise of an adoring fan congregation member, and instead read the following (I’ll summarize for time’s sake):

      1. That was the worst thing ever
      2. You are the worst worship leader ever
      3. You have ruined everything
      4. Did I mention you are the worst worship leader ever?
      5. Grace and peace to you from God our Father

Let’s just say it wasn’t the glowing letter I was hoping for.

I immediately wrote this person a response that said:

      1. That was actually the best thing ever
      2. I’m actually the best worship leader ever
      3. You’re an idiot
      4. Did I mention that I’m the best worship leader ever?
      5. May God’s richest blessings be showered upon you

Then I felt better. And then I crumpled that letter up and threw it away. Then shredded it. Then threw it away again. Then I wiped the servers. Even though the letter was handwritten. It’s never a big deal to wipe servers, apparently, as we all know.

Answering Critics (With the Holy Spirit’s Help)

Then I wrote another letter that basically said:

      1. Thanks for taking the time to write
      2. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the event
      3. Here’s what I was praying for in the months leading up to the event, and now in the days following
      4. I hope you’re able to enjoy Jesus even more the next time you come to church
      5. May God refresh you with joy in him (and I mean it)