Some explanation, then Scripture. Honestly, it bothers me very little what you (Or anyone else) thinks of me… what I do… why I do it… or WHEN I do it. Honestly, I couldn’t care less if you or anyone else thinks my treck in life is right or wrong. That is between me and God’s leadership in my life. AND I think if more Christians would have that attitude we’d ALL be better off. Before I go too far, consider what the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor 4:2-5… (Oh… BTW, these are just my own thoughts. No one has said anything to motivate this post):
It is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.
Paul had one authority, God’s (!) call on his life. It didn’t matter if 10k people thought he should do something else OR if they thought what he did was wrong… he answered to God alone and then “Let the rough end drag” (Thanks “GJ”). Consider…
If you’re not called to missions… then don’t go but do fulfill God’s call for your life!
Has God burdened you to give to a local ministry or help a family in need… If so, then don’t feel guilty for not supporting what someone else thinks you should support. God gave you the money, do with it as He leads you.
Are you following God’s call for your life through the study of Scripture, prayer, and seeking God? If yes, don’t let ANYONE tell you what you “ought to be doing” or be swayed by them saying, “I tell you what I’d do…” (They don’t have a clue what they’d do until they walked in your shoes).
Is there a person (Or people) that think you’ve made bad decisions about “whatever?” (After you know you sought God and His leadership)? Lovingly listen to them and let them have their say… then ignore them (I think that may be what Paul did in the passage above).
Here is what you do need to do! Seek God through prayer and Scripture. Be diligently obedient to God’s call on your life (Notice I wrote “GOD’S call”). Be gracious to all people regardless of their attitude (Don’t argue with them. Just listen and move on.). Be passionately faithful to God’s call on your life REGARDLESS of what anyone else thinks!