I enjoy reading Dan Edelen’s posts from “Cerulean Sanctum“. His lastest post is called “Better Than You“. He recognizes that we often compare ourselves to others – especially those with whom we compare favorably. As he says, thinking “I’m better than you” is not having the mind of Christ:
It doesnâ€™t take much for us to compare, does it? The senses take in data and the judgmental wheels start grinding. Too often, they grind up others Jesus said are my neighbors.
I see an out-of-control parent fighting an out-of-control child and I think of that parent in terms of â€œIâ€™m better than you.â€ I talk with a baby Christian who doesnâ€™t have his doctrine down right and â€œIâ€™m better than youâ€ rattles around in my head, bouncing off every slightly off statement that newbie pronounces. I consider all the things I own, then look to some poverty-stricken soul in Africa, and I start singing the â€œIâ€™m better than youâ€ song.
Only that tune grates on the ears. Maybe not mine, but the Lordâ€™s.
I have to admit that this post hits home. I find myself guilty of this wrong thinking too often.
I’m working on a post called “Accept One Another…” Could it be that looking at ourselves as better than others is one way that we do not truly accept one another? I hope to publish this post soon. I think Dan’s post is a good way to begin thinking about our attitudes toward others.
So, do you sometimes think you are better than others? Do you think others are better than you (not putting others’ desires above your own as in Phil 2, but actually thinking others are better)? Why are each of these attitudes wrong?