So many persons consider themselves spiritual. You know the type. Always lecturing others to count their blessings, quoting famous spiritual writers and the bible, and in general feeling very pleased with themselves about their spirituality. Many of them are very active in organized religion. They look down on others who don’t go to church, or aren’t as active as they are in service and volunteer work, or who have a lot of struggles and difficulties in life.
What I’m wondering is this – if there are so many super spiritual people in this world, why does the world seem to be spinning out of control? Why is there so much more violence, immorality, and poverty? Why are so many nations at odds with each other?
What I’ve noticed is, that when I have an issue, or am upset, these super spiritual people, instead of coming alongside me in compassion and kindness, they tend to lecture at me, preach at me, judge me, and criticize me. It is as if they are using my misfortune to lift themselves above me, and give themselves a quick feel good boost emotionally. They tend to come off as arrogant, harsh, cold, uncaring, judgmental, and sometimes even condemning.
Here is what Jesus said about religious people who lack love:
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 KJV
I don’t know if it is just something in American Christianity, or worldwide, but it seems as though many Christians have lost the spirit of love. And the Bible says “God is love”. The Bible says that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. Yet, more often than not, what I personally witness is Christians who are arrogant, self righteous, harsh, cold, quick to judge, and rudeness.
Could it be that many of us have become the whitewashed sepulchers that Jesus talked about in the gospels?
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2: 8-9 KJV
Could it be that 2 Timothy 3 is becoming even more relevant today, as we near the time of the return of Jesus Christ?
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Jesus’ most scathing words were reserved for self-righteous Pharisees.