The previous post addressed how the church is to be people of love not judgment, which means that the church is not called to be the moral guardian of the culture. What we often fail to see is the fact that when Christians assume the position of moral guardians, they earn the charge of hypocrisy. All judgment except that of the all-knowing and holy God, involves hypocrisy. Whenever we find some element of worth, significance, and purpose in contrasting ourselves as “good” with others we deem as “evil,” we do so in a self-serving and selective manner.
This is the nature of the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” We use this knowledge to bend the tree to our own advantage, to make ourselves look good while disparaging others. Instead of seeing our own sins as worse than others, we set up a list of sins where our sins are deemed minor while other people’s sins are deemed major.
In other words, we have “dust particles” in our eyes, but at least we don’t have tree trunks like “those people,” which is exactly the opposite from what Jesus taught (Matt 7:3-5). We feed our self-righteousness with this illusory contrast by ascribing ourselves worth at the expense of others. But “the others” we feed off of see the self-serving hypocrisy of the self-righteous and self-serving exercise, even if we don’t….