No, this isn’t from the same passage where Jesus talks about the poor in spirit etc, but this is what many believe in our churches. I don’t think this attitude is just in churches, but many of us who grew up in a church have felt the sting of it, and even indulged in it ourselves. Some of us don’t like to admit having a self-righteous attitude because if we have any awareness of what is really going on in the hearts and minds of people, we would know that we are in the wrong, not the one we are looking down upon.
What is self-righteousness? The online dictionary describes it as…”adjective: confident of one’s own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behaviour of others”. Continue reading Blessed are the Self-righteous?
At yesterday’s bible study we were talking about pride and selfishness. (I must admit that I made a few remarks that weren’t so spiritual…more psychological…but even then it was a good lesson for me.) We are quick to brush off what we call “normal human emotion” is inconsequential, when it clearly states in the Bible that they are wrong. God find them an abomination. (Proverbs 16:5). A really strong word, wouldn’t you say?? Pride is a trap that we struggle with a lot. And quite a few things come into this category. We easily fall into self-righteousness, especially if we are more educated than most, or if we are in church leadership. We fight about our doctrine…after all, what we believe is right!! “Others don’t really know what they are talking about!” We are proud of our achievements, without acknowledging that what talents we have are a gift from God, our Creator. Have an independent spirit doesn’t seem like it could be wrong, but in this instance it comes down to two things…resistance to authority and having an unteachable attitude. Proverbs 5:1 “My child, be attentive to my wisdom, and to my understanding incline your ear.” It is always important to have a humble spirit and an open mind so we can learn from the Word and from others.
Continue reading Pride and Prejudice