Criticism Sermon Illustrations

Criticism Sermon Illustrations

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The Critic

A little seed lay in the ground,
And soon began to sprout;
"Now which of all the flowers around,"
It mused, "shall I come out?

"The lily's face is fair and proud
But just a trifle cold;
The rose, I think, is rather loud,
And then, it's fashion old.

"The violet, it is very well,
But not a flower I'd choose,
Nor yet the Canterbury bell—
I never cared for blues."

And so it criticized each flower,
This supercilious seed,
Until it woke one summer hour—
And found itself a weed. The Pentecostal Testimony.

Hiding the Faults of Others

A fault in any one is an ugly thing, and no one likes to see it. The following story is told of a painter who was engaged in making a likeness of Alexander the Great. In one of his battles, Alexander had received an ugly scar on the side of his face. The artist desired to paint a great likeness of the monarch, and at the same time wished to hide the scar. It was not an easy task to accomplish. At length he hit upon a happy plan. He painted him in a reflective attitude, with his hand placed against his head and his finger covering the scar.

Christians are not without their faults—their scars. No one in this life is perfect. But we do well not to dwell upon the shortcomings of anyone. When speaking of others, we should adopt the painter's plan, and let the finger of love be placed upon the scar, concealing it from the eyes of others. —The Boys' Friend.

There would be less faultfinding if all faultfinders had to come from the ranks of the faultless!—Selected.


We read in Matthew 12:2 where the Pharisees found fault with Jesus' disciples. They even watched to accuse Jesus Himself (Mark 3:2). A spirit of censoriousness should be prayerfully avoided. Thomas Fuller gives good advice: "Search others for their virtues, and thyself for vices." He who is critical toward himself will be charitable toward others. While he who is keen-eyed to discover the faults of others will be blind to his own.

A father scolded his little daughter until she wept because, in trying to help her mother, she fell and broke a platter. Soon he told his wife to hurry with the dinner, because he had been "a little careless" and broken his plow, and must hasten to have it mended. His carelessness in breaking the plow was more costly than his child's, in breaking the dish, but he excused himself and rebuked her.

Faultfinding is not difficult. Isaac Murray illustrates this, in his story of how a dog, hitched to a lawn mower, stopped pulling to bark at a passer-by. The boy who was guiding the mower said, "Don't mind the dog—he is just barking for an excuse to rest. It is easier to bark than to pull this mower."

It is easier to be critical than correct; easier to bark than to work; easier to burn a house than to build one; easier to hinder than to help; easier to destroy reputation than to construct character. Faultfinding is as dangerous as it is easy. Anyone can grumble, criticize or censure, like those Pharisees, but it takes a great soul to go on working faithfully and lovingly, and rise superior to it all, as Jesus did.—A. C. M., in The Herald of Light and Zion's Watchman.

The True Critic

We live in a day when man is criticizing God's Word. Modernism is emasculating it, modern cults are perverting it, and the world is neglecting it. Dr. W. H. Griffith Thomas once said that the word "discerner" in the Greek of Hebrews 4:12, R. V., should be translated "critic,"—"a critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart," and he added, "It is the only place in the Bible where the word `critic' is found, and you notice it is the Word criticizing us, and if we allowed the Word of God to criticize us a little more, we would criticize it a great deal less."—Sunday School Times.

I have so many faults myself—
I seldom ever see
A defect in another's life
But what I see in me.
I make so many rash mistakes,
I feel condemned to find
A bit of fault in anyone
When I'm so far behind.

I used to censure everyone,
I was a Pharisee,
Until, quite unexpectedly,
I got a glimpse of me.
I tried to justify myself,
And frame some alibi,
But here I stood, caught by myself,
And I to me won't lie.

And now, whenever I'm inclined
Some others' judge to be,
I always go and take a look
At him whom I call "Me."
I find it is a splendid thing—
Just try it, and you'll see,
To keep from criticizing other folks
Let each "I" look at "Me."—Calmer Newland, Sunshine Magazine

Don't fear criticism. Ford forgot to put a reverse gear in his first automobile. Edison once spent $2,000,000 on an invention which proved of little value.—Friendly Chat

Any fool can criticize. The man with a future is the one who can match his criticism with a cure.—The Lion

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