In the day-to-day, cynicism looks like quick, unwarranted, “constructive” criticism. I’m not talking about the critical thinking required for success as an adult. I’m referring to the way we constantly evaluate and critique people and what they do:
“Worship was great this morning! I can’t believe all those people were just standing there and not raising their hands. Some people just don’t take worship as seriously as I do.”
“Worship was great this morning! I was trying to be still and reflect, but the guy next to me was moving so much and flinging his arms around. Some people just don’t take worship as seriously as I do.”
It’s easy to judge the way other people worship, but it’s rarely helpful. We see people’s actions, but it’s risky to assume we know their intent. God is the one who sees the heart. This goes for when we’re in the congregation as well if you’re the one up front leading worship. When it comes to worship, don’t stake too much on outward appearance.