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Condemnatory arrogance

I’ve been sane and mature long enough. I’m ready to rant. 😉 Please bear with me.

You know what I’m tired of?

I’m tired of solid, wise Christians acting immature and un-Christlike by assigning predetermined stereotypes to anyone and everyone they see, especially young people.

I’m tired of everyone forgetting that everyone else is not just “everyone else,” they’re individual people with stories, ideas, senses of humor, and wisdom.

I’m tired of people taking one look at someone else and saying, “Are you sure your parents would be all right with your being friends with him/her?”

And I’m very, very tired of people who don’t take time to genuinely understand where others are coming from.

I guess you could say I’m just tired of laziness. Laziness is when people don’t take the time to get to know someone else, so they automatically assume that the other person is something they’re not, based on their appearance. Not only is that lazy, it would seem morally wrong. Jesus broke stereotypes when he condemned the clergy and spent time with the ::sinners.:: Yet how often do Christians say “I want nothing to do with him!” of someone they meet at school or work based on what he looks like? Christians do the exact thing the Pharisees and Sadducees do, and that isn’t encouraging.

Some choice words Jesus spoke on the topic of holier-than-thou ideology:

You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee the coming wrath?” (Matthew 3:7, emphasis added)

“To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)

Those who hurt realize they need a Savior. The comfortably numb in the church may or may not. But the hearts of men are laid open before God (Ps. 15:11) and it is abundantly clear that it is not our place to judge – especially considering that we do not and cannot know the hearts of men.  I would contend that our purpose is only to show love and be loved. No?


9 Responses to “Condemnatory arrogance”

  1. Hmmm… Should I reply as a victim, a sympathizer, or an inadvertent perpetrator?

  2. Whatever you feel fits you best. 😉

    Is this really a problem? Do you see it? Do you think it’s easy to do? Or is it not really there? I’ll take all feedback….

  3. You really need to read that book I told you about, “The Irresistible Revolution.”
    Jesus didn’t just preach to the poor and marginalized, He WAS poor and marginalized!
    What turns most people away from Christ are unfortunately the Christians who don’t live the life given us. But the truth is, when people point out that Christians are hypocrites, its best not to deny it. Look, I am not Christian because I think I have it together. I’m Christian because I know I’m a donkey’s hind end and am need of a Savior with unconditional love.
    So, Matt, you too, yes, respond as all three – and if you are Christian, then you must add that you are sometimes a willful perpetrator as well.
    I’m sick of it too. So what are you going to do about it?

  4. I have it on hold, don’t worry – I’ll read it as soon as I can! What will I do about it? As much as I can, which may not be much. After all, I’m just a kid with a funny haircut.

  5. Amen. We need to reach out to those who are hurting, but besides that, we need to realize, we’re no better than other people. The church is not for “good people” who have it all together. It’s for “bad, sinful people” who could NEVER get it together.

  6. ^^So goes the entire premise for Christianity. Jesus reached out to those who ::didn’t:: have it all together, because the ones who thought they did refused to recognize him.

  7. Yes indeedy. That really is the point of what Jesus says in a nutshell.
    ‘Do what I have told you, and do it well. But don’t think that is what’s gonna get you into Heaven. That is the sort of people I want here with me, but that isn’t the key to the gate itself. I am the gatekeeper, I am the gate. Its my house. If you think you can get in on your own merit, you are sadly mistaken. No one is good enough. No one can storm the gates nor breach the wall. No one. I make the devils of hell quake in their boots. But all you have to do is ask, and I long to let you in. So come, ask.’
    And what do kids with funny haircuts have that change the world? Einstein was young, had 5 of the same sets of clothes and the funniest haircut I have ever seen.
    If you wonder what one person or a small group of people can do to change the world, you will notice that historically, those are the only ones who ever have.

  8. Excellent point. There goes my last excuse. Gosh darn it, this being like Jesus thing is hard.


  9. hehehe, as i have said and many others (its even in that darn book i was talking about) my life was peachy, then i met Jesus and he threw it all outta whack. i never know whats goin’ on next!

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