1 Thessalonians 5:11
Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
In this world that we live in, it is really easy to get into the habit of playing the tearing down game. All one has to do is to follow the act of the rest of the world. It is the common practice of the majority of folks to try to build themselves up and to make them seem better than they really are by tearing down others. This is certainly not the way we are supposed to be as Christians. One of the distinctive characteristics that mark us as Christians is that we should have the nature and disposition of Jesus. He built people up and sought to encourage them. He never used unfounded flattery to gain support, nor did He candy coat His words to be accepted by the rich and famous. In fact, He often did just the opposite. He spoke the truth in love. Even though He fought and exposed the dead religion of the day and spoke very frankly to those who perpetuated it, it was very obvious that He loved the people but hated their false ways. He went out of His way to try to get them to accept what was best for them.
In today’s church, it is not uncommon to hear scathing criticism of others. People sometimes have their character assassinated and their lives destroyed because they don’t act exactly like others, or don’t believe everything the same as others do. Whatever the reason or motivation, it is wrong to tear down. The Christ way is to build up, not to tear down.
The church is compared to a building made up of living stones, all fitly joined together. As with any building, it can be built up for the good of all or it can be torn down to the detriment of all. When part of the body is torn, the whole body suffers. It doesn’t take any special skill to tear down a building. Anyone with half sense can take a wrecking bar and a sledge hammer and tear down a building, but it takes special skills and special people to build a building. We are instructed to build the body, not to tear it down, to edify not to destroy.