Apr. 27th, 2010
Rom. 12:3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me; I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
has always been one of my deepest values. My dad was an honest man, once driving 15 miles back to town to return some extra change the cashier had mistakenly given him from a small purchase at the local tractor supply store. That act instilled in me, at an early age, the value of honesty. I’m
not so sure, (as I think about it now), he didn’t turn around to teach my brothers and me this lesson, as he did to return the change; but either way, he accomplished both objectives.
I am so put off by fake people, but especially fake Christian people. I’m not advocating that we all run around crying and continually rehearsing our fallen sinful states; but neither am I suggesting that we ought to live in this false “I’m doing great” sense of spiritual superiority that I see too often in brothers and sisters of faith. There is a real disconnect from reality when Christian people put on airs that are not honest. There is a real tragedy when Christians, especially pastors, set out to make people think we are better than we really are. I hope I’m not guilty of this one.
I remember preaching a dozen years ago, and mentioning in a story that I had sworn after hitting (another) bad shot while playing golf with some friends. An elderly fellow in the service that day scolded me on his way out the door, for being a pastor and swearing. I apologized for offending him, but tried to reassure him that my seminary diploma didn’t circumcise my humanity…or some such logic. Later that week he came to my office and apologized to me for expecting and holding me to some higher standard than was appropriate. We were restored and became good friends as we both embraced our humanness, didn’t use it as a license to sin, yet tried our level best to encourage each other to live honestly and openly before God and each other. I hope this is what Paul had in mind in this verse, and I hope I am being honest in the ways I consider and present myself. You?