Something I am surrounded with is self-righteousness, whether in the battle with myself or in the words of others. I am not too proud to admit that at times I come off as self-righteous, I am human after-all. I see the world through my eyes, my experiences, and my paradigms. I also notice this is prevelant around me, in the words of others. Just who do we think we are?
I think a form of self-righteousness is people that try to ‘speak for God’. They speak words, from a text of scripture, that can come off as self-righteous…like they have all the answers. I read the same text and I am man enough to admit I have nothing more than you do…just the words of God in my current context, trying to make sense of those words in a 2000 world. I have seen people define spirituality in terms of religion & rules which is thusly their interpretation of the words read. They almost act like they have it figured out. When I look at their interpretation I see flaws and see human error. The same thing I see in myself when I try to define these ‘words of God’. I mean some things are obvious that I read but some things are open to interpretation. How do we ‘do church’; what’s the paradigm? A question I have been asking.
I noticed a lot about people in the past few days when looking at myself. I have come up with grand ideas and those ideas make me feel proud. In my pride I am a fool. I begin acting like I have it all figured out but in reality I have not learned something you could not have. I do not have it all figured out when to your exclusion I have all the answers. I am a human remember.
Around me I have seen the same problem exploding. People think they are right to the exclusion of the other. Little do they know, they are obviously both wrong. How is it someone can think they are right and you are wrong? Ego? Pride? Selfishness? It’s funny but the example that keeps me grounded is that of forgiveness, taught by Jesus. Forgiveness, as taught by Jesus, doesn’t say someone is right but that even the wronged have the right to even ground with you. People want to use excuses like ‘where is their repentance?’ They don’t notice that in their self-righteousness they actually refuse to forgive or allow the wrong party even ground, why? Because they are better than them.
I have seen this around me quite a bit lately and notice that only pride is behind it. Some people actually do believe they are better than the next person, that God has their best interest at heart as compared to the person that wronged them and for some odd reason God does not have their best interest at heart. Somehow in their confusion they can’t realize God loves them both equally and shows no partiality in judgement. However, we are human and we do have partiality.
Do you think you are right to hold the flaws of someone else against them? In words we find self-righteousness, in action we find unrighteousness. I guess I am just sick of this attitude. Why can’t people forgive? In their refusal to forgive they accept their self-righteousness as God’s righteousness. They struggle with their very basis, the cross they were born through that signifies one thing…forgiveness. They, in their self-righteousness, exclude someone else thus abusing the very gift they were given. I am asking people to see if they are self-righteous and if they are…do something to change that attitude. Learn to forgive. Learn to treat people fairly. Get a grip on reality. It’s the battle against ourselves. Just maybe we will realize how much of this world is centred on ourselves.