Sarcasm, criticism, cynicism
Sarcasm– Pronunciation: \ˈsär-ˌka-zəm\
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
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.