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It’s been a difficult day. I had some interactions with a Canadian Christian leader who behaved in a manner that was disappointing; arrogant, completely lacking in any obvious humility, this person was the antithesis of what I expect from one who claims to follow Jesus.
Maybe my expectations are high. But shouldn’t they be? This person is responsible for leading other people and teaching them what it means to be a Christian. How can one teach what they don’t themselves practice?
Of course – I know there are lots that do.
But then, even as I type these words I feel the weight of conviction – for all the times I fail to meet up to the standards for thought, speech and action that I know I should – for all the times I don’t even try.
And so once again it comes back to this; even as I want to have a right to feel wounded and upset over how I’ve been slighted, I am reminded to stop looking at the speck in my neighbour’s eye, when there is a plank in my own.
And I find my sense of “righteous” indignation fading away.
“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
- Luke 6:42