Monday night I watched CNN’s GOP presidential debate and witnessed INCREDIBLE examples of smart people choosing to “make points” instead of making a difference. Or, winning arguments while losing influence.
You can see an excerpt in this 3 minute video.
Yesterday we compared making a difference vs. making a point based on this Andy Stanley quote, “It’s much easier to make a point than to make a difference.”
Unfortunately, in churches sometimes leaders settle for making points. It’s always easier to curse the darkness rather than light a candle. Here are some examples:
Tell people their addictions are violations of God’s plan without providing ministry support.
Tell people they need to become better stewards with their money without providing financial training.
Here some more sophisticated ways we can make points but maybe not a difference:
As a church, have a mission without a strategy.
Tell people they need to grow spiritually without offering good steps they can take.
Obviously, none of us get this right all the time. Making a true difference is difficult. I just want to challenge myself to try and be on the side of making a difference more than the “making a point” side.
What are some additional examples where you’ve seen people make points instead of a difference?
What is the most difficult part for you in choosing to make a difference over making a point?