When did it become okay for Christians to wave their moral superiority over one another? In the highly charged COVID climate (in reality, in many climates), I've seen (probably) well-intended Christians snap their fingers under one another's noses (Socially distanced, of course), and claim to have the Moral High Ground on every side of the issue at hand. "I wear a Mask, I socially Distance, I stay at home, therefore I am superior to you." Or..."I don't wear a mask, I value my freedom, I do what I feel is best. This makes My position more superior than yours." Or a number of other positions, all ending with an attitude, or outright declaration of Moral Superiority. If you're a believer, can I say that acting superior to anyone else in any way is not only wrong, but goes against everything Jesus fought for? Whatever season in life you're reading this, know one thing: the Bible shows no mention of Jesus or His followers flaunting how superior they were to anyone else. Don't get me wrong, The Way (what the early believers called seeking Jesus; remember, He IS The Way) is superior to anything else and is in fact, the ONLY way to God. Yet, when we act as if we're superior, we're lacking the humility to prove it. The Greatest in the Kingdom is not found in piety, in doing good works, in being the best and most upright, but in enslaving one's self to all members of the Body. Understand this: we're all in different places, and the Lord may be leading each of us through this in different ways. HE has the ONLY high ground by which to judge, and none other. So, let us get off of our Moral Superiority High Horse, and get back to serving and loving one another. James 3:1-12 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.