I’m reading another book of John Ortberg, author of “If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat". This is the book “Everybody’s normal till you get to know them".
A topic is “Put down your stones". The author wonder why do churches produce so many stone throwers. Why many church people were just cold. They didn’t dance, they didn’t laugh, they had little capacity for joy. But there is one thing they enjoy: passing judgement on the spiritual inferiority of others. When somebody crossed a line, violated a code or had a problem then people picked up stones.
I, might be one of them. I don’t speak loudly what I think, however, I just neglect the unlovelies. There is not any difference. People only feel worse in such a church.
The author describes there are two categories of sins: “sins of the flesh" and “sins of the spirit". Sins of the flesh generally involve appetites that get out of control: lust, greed, gluttony, drunkenness, laziness. Sins of the spirit is like pride, arrogance, self righteousness, and judgmentalism. Churches in our day are not usually scandalized by them.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “For there are two things inside me, the Animal self, and the Diabolical self. The Diabolical self is the worse of the two. That is why a cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to hell than a prostitute."
We are most scandalized by sins of the flesh. However, Jesus was most scandalized by sins of spirit.
All our effects at obedience filled us with disdain for the less devout. All our giftedness filled us with impatience toward those who were weaker.
So I understand the lonesome I feel recently. I have never wear the shoes of the neglected people and walk. There is a chance to feel how they feel. It’s time to change.
Just convert curses into blessing.