The Apostle John reminded us that “if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.”
I don’t claim to be without sin and I confess often of my sins, but of course I tend to go right back to the same old sin ruts, judging others by measures of the sort I would not want to be judged.
We can’t help but judge others and that’s not bad in and of itself. But matters of judging and justice are tightropes–it’s easy to lose our balance and fall into moral superiority. See here.)
We’re all guilty of thinking we’re morally superior to some other person or group of people. As guilty as I’ve been this week–in this intense political climate–of deeming other people as unrighteous without seeing the log in my own eye– I needed to reflect on this long and hard this morning:
[Jesus] also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
“Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’
But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.”