Would you believe I just deleted an entire post that I wrote this morning? True story.
I just wrote a pretty intricate post about how much of a problem superficial attitudes and priorities are in our culture. Then I re-read it. Then I deleted it.
I didn’t delete it because I was wrong. I didn’t delete it because it wasn’t good quality. I deleted it because my attitude stunk. I was being judgmental and harsh. I was pointing at all the “other people” shallower than I am and calling them out.
That’s just wrong.
Not just wrong in the sense that it’s mean, but wrong in the sense that it’s inaccurate.
Let’s deal with both of those, shall we?
It’s wrong because it’s mean. Yeah, mean like mean-spirited. It’s accusatory, belittling, and nowhere close to believing the best of people like we’re called to by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians. I’m convinced (and super convicted) that if what we have to say is from God it will be marked by the Fruit of the Spirit. You know, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. If what is being said is spirit filled, then it will be full of these things. Judgment, condemnation, pride, bigotry, and everything else that goes with them will not be present.
If what is being said is not full of the Fruit of the Spirit then it is not from God. Even if I’m saying it and even if I’m right.
Inaccuracy was my other problem, right?
See, it’s easy to call out other people because their problem is obvious to me. It’s harder to diagnose myself and be honest about my shortcomings. Ironically, that was my point! I was making a call for a deeper inner-life and more self examination. I need that as much as everyone else I was frustrated with, I just need it in different areas…most of the time.
Why is it my natural response to conviction to point to everyone else who has the same problem? And then call them worse than me?
I want desperately to be filled with the Spirit. I want people to know this because I ooze the things on that list above. I want that to be the case because I’m seeking God and he’s dwelling in me and overflowing out of me into everyone around me. That’s what I want.
I don’t want to be right. I don’t want to be convicting. I don’t want to be important.
I want to be like Christ.