Healthy leadership is accountable, humble, and willing to learn, and criticism is integral to public discourse. Pretending that criticism and social media are the domain of trolls is disingenuous, silencing, and frankly, ridiculous coming from the mouths of those who have built sizable platforms on both.
Criticism is a discipline, and it does not exist in opposition to Christian discipleship. Neither people nor criticism is the enemy. Our systems are sick, and it’ll take surgeons’ scalpels; healing hands; faithful prayer; and good, hard, all-hands-on-deck work to make us whole.