Holier than thou
If you are a convert to Christianity, and didn’t grow up in a Christian home or atmosphere, you’ve no doubt received criticism about your faith from friends, coworkers or family that just don’t seem to understand your decision to follow Christ. I was recently said to have a “holier than thou personality” from a family member, and it really got me thinking about what prompted such a scathing comment.
Oftentimes, non-Christians who knew you before you decided to follow the Lord will remember you for who you were, and fail to recognize the person that you have become in Christ. Because of their failure to realize that you are made new in Christ, they see you as being the sinful person that you were, only a newly conceited version that considers yourself better than others, despite the life that you’ve lived. To someone that doesn’t understand the Gospel, and the forgiveness of sin that is offered by the blood of Christ, you seem to be saying, “though we are both sinners, I’m better than you!”. I can understand how that would be frustrating.
The thing that I find most troubling about this is that a) people truly saved by Christ do not consider themselves to be “holier than thou”, and want to share the Gospel message with everyone so that all can be saved, and b) people that refuse that message oftentimes think that they are not in need of salvation. But, who isn’t in need of salvation!??! Someone who considers themselves to be holier than a repentant sinner who has accepted Christ, that’s who.
Truly repenting of sin and accepting our need of salvation found through Christ alone is the most humbling thing that you can do. When you are truly saved, you are not putting yourself above sinners, you’re admitting that you are a sinner. You are humbly saying, “God, I’ve sinned against you. I’m no better than anyone. I deserve nothing less than death. Lord, I humbly accept you as my Lord and savior and am forever thankful for the sacrifice you’ve made on my behalf.”.
Yeah, Christians sure are stuck up, aren’t they?
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8