3 Killers of Team Spirit.

Sarcasm, criticism, cynicism

Sarcasm– Pronunciation: \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\
Function: noun
Etymology: French or Late Latin; French sarcasme, from Late Latin sarcasmos, from Greek sarkasmos, from sarkazein to tear flesh, bite the lips in rage, sneer, from sark-, sarx flesh; probably akin to Avestan thwarəs- to cut

1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain 2a : a mode of satirical depending for its effect on bitter and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual b : the use or language of sarcasm

Criticism-Main Entry: crit·i·cism
Pronunciation: \ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

1 a : the act of criticizing usually unfavorably b : a critical observation or remark

Cynicism-implies having a sneering disbelief in sincerity or integrity. Pessimistic, distrustful

It seems in our day that these three words are a way of life, and many in the church are teaching this as a philosophy. There is this idea that we should question everything, distrust everyone, and have a cutting sharp attitude in the name of humor.

Don’t get me wrong I believe that we should try the spirits as the Bible says, we shouldn’t just follow everything and everyone blindly but this attitude of cynicism that has us questioning even the validity of the Bible and truth has gone too far and is destroying people. In most cases this attitude is predicated on a cultural and moral relativism that does its best to wipe out substantial truth and replace it with experiential understanding.

Bottom line is cynicism, sarcasm and criticism are incredibly negative concepts and give birth to doubt not faith.

Should we evaluate? Yes! Should we be constantly critical? No

For teams to work together and make progress there has to be a high level of faith in the cause, the team members and an honoring of leadership. This evil trinity stifles all of that.

Lets drop this negativity and doubt and instead be encouraging, trusting and edifying. That’s what builds teams and brings positive change.

Challenging authority, doubting truth, and criticizing others only locks you in to a non learning environment and comes from a dogmatic know it all spirit.

If you want your team to thrive, confront these attitudes and replace them with faith.

That’s effective team spirit.

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Bringing Honor Back

I was recently looking at a social networking site and a person had a picture that truly disturbed me. Many Christians, real believers, great people thought it was hilarious.

It truly caught me off guard. It was a picture of Jesus in a loin cloth break dancing on a marble floor surrounded by several priests with the caption “I came to serve not to be served”. “You got served.”

For those of you who may not be familiar with that phrase it’s a term that just means I just showed you I’m better.

On the outset I could see why people would laugh and think its funny in a contemporary context, but as I looked at the picture I became disappointed, then sad, then angry.

Not at people or anyone individual but at all of us who have allowed our need for relevance and our attempts to escape “religious thinking” or “legalistic Christianity” to make us irreverent and disrespectful to Jesus.

This is my appeal to anyone who will read this to bring honor back. Jesus was stripped of his close in a shameful manner, and hung on a cross and gave his life for our salvation. He is to be honored not used as a marketing ploy or an opportunity for a funny caption.

Lets bring honor back and remember Jesus is not an image, or a caption he is our savior and worthy of the highest honor.