Holier-than-thou... goody two-shoes... sanctimonious... starchy?!?!
Whichever word or phrase used, these terms describe how the "world" views Christians who separate themselves or make others feel inferior because they are not as "holy" as they think they should be.
Several years ago, I was having dinner with a friend and she mentioned an event she and a friend attended. I commented that I would have loved to had gone, and she quickly responded with a very perplexed, "really?" I went on to tell her I would have enjoyed the activity, and she admitted she didn't invite me because of a comment I made sometime prior. I don't remember the exact statement, but it referenced my newly-found walk and lifestyle in Christianity. Unconsciously, I had alienated myself and made a friend feel less-than... simply because I was excited about being a born again Believer and unaware of the potential impact of my word choice.
I had forgotten about this incident... until recently, when asked if all my friends were "saved".
A fire was lit within me and adrenaline rapidly released into every fiber of my being. I was sooooooo put off by the context, audacity, and vast [negative] implications of the question. Basically, I was being judged by a seemingly self-righteous individual who completely cut every person from their life that didn't meet their Christian standard... and was PROUD to share!!! (pah-leeese!)
Yeah yeah yeah... I hear the theologians quoting scripture saying we are "peculiar" people who have been "transformed" and should be "separated from the world". But with that same level of dogmatism [we] as Christians should internalize the Gospels that describe Jesus having dinner with tax collectors and sinners (Matthew 9:9-10, Mark 2:13-15) and also the last commandment about loving one another as He loved us (John 13:34)!
If He didn't alienate himself or make others feel inferior, why should we???
Okay... I'm steeping off my soapbox now, but I'll leave you with 3 quick questions...
1) Do you only accept friend requests and follow people on social media from your church or artists/preachers/celebrities within the Christian arena?
2) Do you seclude yourself from those who don't share the same Christian values or practices as you?
3) Does anyone outside of your family, who is not saved, call on you for advice as a friend?
I'm only saying, if we aren't around the unsaved, how can they see our lights shine so that He might be glorified (Matthew 5:16), or how can our lives be read as living epistles (II Corinthians 3:1-3) if the book/our life is not in sight? So all those spiritual and uplifting social media posts only benefit those who are saved? I don't think so. We are to compel (Luke 14:23), and that can't be done by living in a bubble.
I'd love to hear your comments :)
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