As technology replaces words with emojis, the English language is losing descriptive terms. One example is known as murmuring; where individuals complain without confronting or solving the problem in question. Rather, dissenters quietly express their displeasure via gripes, moans or muttering.
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food, Acts 6:1.
If you belong to a church, there should an annual congregational meeting. The purpose of this event is for church leaders to illustrate through a financial report where all gifts and tithes are invested or spent. If this document does not appear to be genuine or above reproach, expect the murmuring to begin. During the first century, apostles discovered that they were overlooking the needs of certain widows. This complaint convinced leadership to separate teachers from servants. In this case, murmuring was effective.
So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables,” Acts 6:2.
Today, social media has revolutionized murmuring. Instead of sitting in the back of a church grumbling, disagreements are posted as blogs, posts or tweets. Some of this dirty laundry goes viral, creating dumpster fires that affect, impact and wound the body of Christ. Those afraid of confrontation are empowered to express how things should be without talking to anyone. In the end, this type of murmuring does more harm than good. If this trend continues, no one will want to enter certain churches due to past murmurings of the disenfranchised. The next time you feel the urge to mumble discontent, realize that any complaint may cause a child of God to stumble. May this image put to rest unwholesome talk which tears down the church.
by Jay Mankus