Holier Than Thou?It is amazing that there are people who can actually feel such an emotion.
Is the Brightness Still in Me?There was a time in my life when I fell into the category of a holier than thou mentality. I walked around with a Bible in my hand, sneering at the sinners as they went about their lives ignoring what I perceived to be righteousness. Then, one day... I decided to accost a young man sitting in the park with a can of beer in his hand. To my surprise, he (between sips) completely deconstructed my phony religious constructs and had me feeling like a complete idiot. He simply spoke on the commandments pertaining to the love of God, not to judge a person’s quality of life by setting one’s focus on relatively trival things such as a can of alcoholic beverage.
by Brotha DC
Over the years, I came to realize that while I may not be one to routinely imbibe in a libation of hops and barley... that doesn’t make me a better person than anyone else. The late great Dr. David Durham said it this way:
If all you do regarding your salvation is to give up drinking alcohol... all that means is that you will go to hell sober.Have you ever had one of those moments when you look at yourself in the mirror and realize just how flawed and imperfect you are? I have. And when I contemplate the limnitations and weaknesses of my humanity, I wonder how could God even stand the sight of me?
Then... I remember...
It is not hinged on how good I can be... or how perfectly I can live my life. It is set by the matchless love that God has for us. Now that is not an excuse to live a selfish, wreckless, sinful life. It is, however, freedom in knowing that despite my imperfections, God’s love is perfect.
Religious people don’t seem to have those existential dilemmas. They look at the (often self-imposed) rules and regulations that they manage to meet and declare themselves perfect. Even more perfect than others.
Some of the worst problems I have faced in life stemmed from religious people. For example, I worked with one woman who had religious paraphernalia all over her desk at the office. She would sit there and sing hymns to herself... and then get up, go into the senior boss’ office... and tell the most heinous lies about me. Lies that eventually cost me that job.
I could go on and on about such people... perhaps until my fingers ached from typing it all out. The point is, there are people who truly typefy the title of Christian (a person who is a true follower of Jesus the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) -- following His example and living in accordance with His lifestyle. In other words, someone whose life is the definition of “What Would Jesus Do?”
It is impossible to feel holier than thou when staring in the mirror of God’s word. Yet, in that mirror is where I will stay planted until I can confirm, as my pal Charlie Peacock wondered, is the brightness still in me?
by Judy Ann
My desire Lord is for people to see You in me..may I reflect your love and grace and mercy..may I be more like You Lord everyday with a heart of compassion ..You are the reason I live and breathe..
Fruit of the Spirit
by Judy Ann
by Judy Ann
Renewing Our Thoughts
by Judy Ann
"Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.." Philippians 2:14-15