It seems to be fashionable to behave in a manner that is scornful of authority, and often downright insulting of others. I imagine there are conversations going on right now this minute in which one person is telling another how a third party is unworthy – and enjoying the telling! Many of the heroes on television are sassy individuals and half of the fun of watching many shows is to chuckle at the exploits of the hero who is succeeding in flouting authority. I remember when the TV show Maverick was one of the first to have a hero who did not always follow the rules, and how much we all enjoyed it! Today, it was watching Psych that brought this topic to mind.
We are acutely aware of our shortcomings, so it is a powerful temptation to notice and discuss how someone else is even worse than we are. Somehow it is even more tempting if the inferior one has authority over us. After all, each of us is superior to someone somewhere in some way. Nothing will defeat the best efforts of the Holy Spirit to inspire us than for people to start comparing themselves to one another. In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul explains this to the fledgling church: God has a purpose for each of us and each of us is equally valuable. Christians are not usually sinning spectacularly and breaking most of the Commandments, but we have a lot of trouble with the tenth: “Thou shalt not covet…” (Also the 4th, but that is another topic.) We may not covet possessions, but we do covet good looks, athletic ability, social standing, and a thousand other attributes our neighbors may have that we lack. When we compare ourselves to others, we are insulting God. He knew what he was doing when He made each of us just the way we are. What is His purpose for your life? I promise you, God has a good one; and it is unique, no one else can do it! (Just don’t be surprised if you get insulted trying to do it!)
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