In John 12:4-6, Judas Iscariot was the critical leader against Mary for her offering of ointment toward Jesus. He was made treasurer, and in time affected other disciples with his negativism (Matt. 26:8; Mk. 14:4).
Negativism has more objections than objectives. It is an attitude that is callous, cynical, cantankerous, cold, hypercritical, stubborn, forever complaining and finding fault. No one evidencing these traits has the discernment to see them in themselves, but they cannot hide them from others. Negativism mauls and maligns the house of God by pulpit and pen. It is doom and gloom under the cloak of care and concern. Negativism insures that serving as an elder will forever be a thankless task in the Lord’s church. Whereas many problems are the result of weak leadership, faithful shepherds are rarely recognized for the good that is done. Negativism rarely sees the pulpit as anything more than mediocre. Negativism opposes everything as a waste of time, effort and money. Negativism is materialistic!
Some people grow sweeter with age, and some grow bitter and negative. Being a realist should not mean being a pessimist. The church today is not what she once was, nor yet what she ought to be, but if one cannot bring sun light why should he bring a cloud? It is easy to be negative. Satan conspires to make us unhappy and critical. There are plenty of elders, teachers and preachers who are doing their best as God’s word directs, and it does not hurt for someone to say, “You’re doing the right thing.” The sunshine of Christ does not grow sour grapes!
by Dennis Gulledge