Summary: This is from series I did on Attitudes. I got a lot of ideas form a book by James MacDonald entitled Lord Change My Attitude.
LIFE IS AN ATTITUDE – PICK A GOOD ONE
The Not So Silent Killer
Sunday February 18, 2007
A. According to recent estimates, nearly one in three U.S. adults has high blood pressure, but because there are no symptoms, nearly one third of these people don’t know they have it. In fact, many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. This is why high blood pressure is often called the “Silent Killer”.
1. This is a lot more on the lighter side but as I was thinking about silent killers I couldn’t help but think of this Christian comedian named Ken Davis. He does a routine where he talks about people being scared of mice and how easy it is to detect a mouse when they are around but what about spiders? You certainly don’t hear a spider when he is crawling up on you.
B. Today we are at the half way point in this sermons series. So far we have looked at two negative attitudes, complaining and coveting. We have also looked at the two attitudes that need to replace these negative attitudes and those attitudes are Thankfulness and Contentment. Today we are going to explore the third of five bad attitudes and the one we are considering today is anything but a silent killer. It may not be loud, but the reason it is a killer is because it can’t keep quiet.
1. When we talked about coveting I told you that I felt that attitude had caused much ruin in the lives of people in our churches. The attitude we are looking at today has done even more damage. This attitude has not only destroyed people in our churches it has destroyed the churches as well. What is so sad about the effects of this attitude is that many of the churches that it has destroyed are still standing. It’s not as through the doors have been closed for business, in fact in most of these churches the doors are still open, but the life is gone. It is as it was said in 1 Samuel 4:21 NLT She named the child Ichabod (which means “Where is the glory?”), for she said, “Israel’s glory is gone.” The lights are on, worship services and Sunday School still takes place. People still show up but the glory of God is gone.
2. What is it that can cause such devastation in the life of God’s precious churches? One word, CRITICISM. All that churches should be and could be has been taken away from them and many times the single cause is criticism. Needless to say I feel that we are about to embark into a very, very serious subject. One that requires our hearts to be completely open and honest before God so before we go a step further I want us to go before the Lord in prayer and ask for Him to guide us through these troubled waters. (Pray)
Trans. Now let’s do what we have done in every one of these messages and define what this attitude is that we are looking at. Now we might think we already know what criticism is but I challenge all of us to take a closer look because I believe that just as I shared in the attitude of complaining not all critical comments qualify as criticism. So let’s make it clear.