Good Friday morning ...
In these harried days of spring 2020 we listen daily to the information coming from federal, state and local governments regarding the coronavirus. Their counsel and advice changes daily as do the statistics, the strategies, the directives and instructions coming from the medical and scientific experts.
In the wake of each days briefing, there follows the proverbial critic, the unbelieving commentator, the casual observer and the so-called pundit. Questions fly. Suspicions arise. Misgivings are raised. Conspiracy theories get started.
But here's the thing (from my perspective): Knowing what to do is easy ... when you don't have to do it! Knowing the right answer is easy ... when you don't have to give it! Knowing the correct procedure is easy ... when you don't have to follow it!
One of the interesting and aggravating phenomena of our time is the vocal critic with all the answers. He always knows the way to go when he doesn't have to go himself. He's the expert pontificating on every conceivable issue. Free from having to follow through on a decision ... he also feels free to make it for those who must bear the responsibility.
What a difference between the players on the field and the spectator in the stands. The bleacher quarterback never makes a mistake!
Of course, this isn't to say descent is wrong. Descent is the stuff democracy is made of. But what about the dissenter's spirit? That's the thing.
Let the spirit of the critic be sensitive to the burden of decision borne by the one criticized. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged ... Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?" [ Matthew 7:1, 3].
Let us beware. Judging a decision from hindsight is no trick. Hindsight is an exact science because it is based on 20/20 vision. The solutions are much easier to come by when you already know the outcome.
Have a blessed weekend ... knowing that God has ALL the answers ALREADY.