This post was almost one of those annoying soap box posts where I pick apart the words, actions, and attitudes of other people. I had this historical analysis of when these people went wrong; a theologocial-philosophical analysis of how they are wrong. A psychological analysis of why the are wrong.
And then I got it:
There’s this plank I need to work on, in my own eye.
Most of the time, the reason we rail so loudly against others is because the things they do and so speak to things we’re too weak and lazy and stupid to fix in ourselves.
So instead of offering up that condemnation, I hope you won’t mind if I share a confession, a declaration.
Following Jesus shouldn’t be something I put on my to-do list. Not even if I offer it the top spot. I’m going to work on letting Him penetrate every aspect of my life.
I need to grow past justifying things by saying, “Well, as a Christ-follower I feel this way, but as an (fill in the blank here) I feel that way.”
That fill in the blank? It might be “American” or “liberal” or “father” or “teacher.” There’s hundreds of things that might go in there.
But any time I try and put any of them in that phrase, I’m demoting Jesus from his rightful place in my heart. I’m saying that those other parts of me are as important as my idenity in Him.
And none of them are.