Proverbs 4:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put perverse lips far from you.
1. a person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes
2. a person who judges, evaluates, or analyzes literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, or the like.
Have you ever heard people say that there is something you can learn from every critic therefore every critic should be listened to? Well, I honestly feel this is ill advised and unhealthy advice. You might be able to discover a good piece of meat in a garbage can outside of a restaurant… that doesn’t mean scavenging the garbage outside is better than a complete meal inside. In other words the location of the information is important.
It seems like everyone these days are critics. I’m not talking about the professional types who have dedicated years to a particular field with education, experience, and adequate reputation backing their carefully submitted critiques. It seems that the information infusion we currently live in has left people feeling more knowledgeable, entitled, and informed than reality truly permits in the lives of those who claim the title of critic. This becomes problematic for us as we navigate an ever increasing tidal wave of opinions that decimate our sense of self in the wake of it’s path over our lives and hearts.
I’m not talking about wise counsel. The Bible speaks of this and it is not only good for sharpening but guidance on this path we pursue called the WAY. However, I believe wise counsel, as it were, is more few and far between than we would like to acknowledge. Even knowledgeable, trained, and reputable critics will disagree over the same restaurant or movie. Why? Because being wise does not remove the haze of personal interest and individual taste that so often finds itself in mankind.
Lets face it. Your greatest critic should be the one who walked where you walked… lived through what you’ve suffered… it should be someone who’s tastes, ambitions, and interests are for you and not laced with layers of self indulging intentions. Your greatest critic should be JESUS. Have you let Him speak over your heart and life lately? You’ve let everyone else.