And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt.
~Luke 18:9, NASB
Jesus never treated anyone like they were nothing.
The bible teachers us not to deride other people, not to despise them or look down upon them. The Greek word Jesus uses in Luke 18 is a compound word that means “to treat as nothing.” It is to regard another person as worthless. I am guilty of a lot of sins but this is one the LORD convicts me of most often. If you don’t fit into my play book, I have this cold ability to write you off as if you didn’t exist. It is not that I am vindictive or am keeping score so I can get even; it is something much worse…“I regard you as nothing.” You don’t count and your opinion means nothing to me. You do whatever you want; you’ve made your choice and it is not going to effect me.
For example: You do not want to know what goes through my mind when I see a human body tattooed from one end to the other. “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” Sounds relatively clear to me. It is Leviticus 19:28 in the NIV. That is not the only scripture: Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? In other words, your body is not yours, it belongs to God and He is using it as His temple. Would you put grafitti on the walls of the sanctuary where you worship? See, there I go judging others. It comes as natural to me as breathing.
Do I feel superior to those who put grafitti all over the walls of God’s temple? Do I despise or look down on them? You already know the answer so there is no need in me confessing but be that as it may, I think there is a bigger problem and that is my view of liberals. How can any intelligent person not despise a liberal? They think through their emotions which means reasoning with them is out of the question. I had rather make fun of a liberal as to eat when I am hungry. What is wrong with this point of view? It is not Christlike. I don’t have that many problems with publicans and sinners, I are one. I will give them a pass on their demeanor and lifestyle but the liberal puts me to the test and it is a test I constantly fail.
Deep down, I know I am a sinner and there cannot be that many out there who have surpassed me in the area of sin; especially having contempt for others and treating them as though they are nothing but what is the solution for my behavior. Death to self would be a good start. There is too much I [ego] and not enough Christ in my life. The humble recognition of the truth is another. I confessed it to you so you can pray for me. Trust me, I will not be offended by your prayers.
Well the restaurants are opening. June says they are starting baseball in July but no fans. I guess baseball will be live streaming like churches have been doing. The players aren’t going to like it. Big Mama says this is our last cool day and it’s suppose to get to 82 today.
My corn is up that Joe planted but here at the house, nothing. All our corn is roundup ready. No more chopping for Jack, I hope.
Today is a study day for me with a VBS meeting later in the day and then Mid-week service at GRACE POINT tonight. I hope you have a great day.