It seems as though any time there’s a new, highly polarizing topic, we Christians are some of the first to take up an offensive posture and strike. It’s one thing for us to be firm in our convictions about sin, as a matter of fact, scripture makes it pretty clear that we should. But we seem to have this bad habit of defending what we think rather than sharing the good news about what we believe.
During challenging times in our lives, we need people to lean on. For most of us, those people are our family members. But where do we turn when they are walking through that moment right beside us? God has given us his church as an extension of our family. People we can turn to for prayer and for comfort in those difficult times.
Spiritual pride is a folly commonly associated with Pharisees. Rightly so, for Jesus has some severe words for the fanfare that accompanied their good deeds. However, the tendency to take pride in one’s own goodness is not exclusive to the “bad guys of the Bible.”
How were we designed to operate as humans made in the image of God? Too often, I find myself operating just like Alexa. I go through my day completing my tasks, not really thinking about the importance behind what I am doing. Worse, my heart often does not match my actions—even my so-called “good” actions.