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Comparing Ourselves To Others

Presumption Judging Self-righteousness

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01/10/2019

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Contributed By: Terry Power | Date Posted: 2019-09-15

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 10:12

Author: Chattanooga Times Free Press, Punchlines, p.23, 01
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ILLUSTRATION

A couple purchased a home in upper Maine from two elderly sisters. With winter approaching, the wife was concerned about the house’s lack of insulation.

“If they could live here all those years, so can we!” her husband confidently declared.

One night, the temperature plunged to below zero, and they awoke to find interior walls covered with frost. The husband called the sisters to ask how they had kept the house warm. After a rather brief conversation, he hung up.

 “For the past 30 years,” he muttered, “they’ve gone to Florida for the winter.”

APPLICATION

When we compare ourselves to others, it's easy to develop a false sense of self-assurance.

"For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise" (2 Corinthians 10:12). 

A Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothing

Deceived/Deception Self-righteousness Shepherding

Source: “Pa. rehab CEO accused of selling heroin and fentanyl,” Posted on October 7, 2017 By Candy Woodall

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-04

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

PennLive reports:

A Pennsylvania drug rehab founder and CEO is accused of selling heroin and fentanyl to the addicts the facility was designed to heal.

Federal officials say 65-year-old David Francis was dealing those deadly drugs to clients and throughout McKees Rocks, a borough near Pittsburgh.

The Next Step Foundation that Francis operated is listed as providing recovery housing to drug addicts and alcoholics.

Instead of providing the housing, education, support and services to help them recover from addiction, as the organization's mission states, federal agents say Francis was acting as their drug dealer.

Federal authorities on Friday raided his home and the rehab facility amid charging him with intention to distribute fentanyl. His detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in federal court.

A person who bought drugs from him in May died of a fentanyl overdose, investigators said.

Federal officials began investigating in July after multiple overdoses were reported in McKees Rocks and nearby Ingram. 

APPLICATION

Lost and desperate people look to the Church for hope.  Sadly, rather than ministering grace, many in this industry actually stoke the sin nature with a regiment of shame-based legalism and works righteousness, proving that the only thing worse than a wolf in sheep’s clothing is a wolf in shepherd’s clothing. 

Pastors are supposed to help those who struggle with their addiction to religious pride, which keeps them from humbling seeking God’s grace. Ironically, many in the Church actually encourage this addictive behavior. 

The Church is here to save mankind, not to put him on an even more addictive and hopeless path. These clergy act more like this rehab founder than the healers God has called them to be. 

"But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit" (Titus 3:4-5). 

Ben Affleck Embarrassed By Slave Owner Ancestor

Humility Self-righteousness Jesus' Humanity

Source: “E-mail shows Ben Affleck asked PBS to censor slave-owning ancestry” By Mark Shanahan, GLOBE STAFF , posted BostonGlobe.com, APRIL 19, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-27

Scripture: Matthew 1:1 ; Luke 3:23

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

“A hacked Sony e-mail posted by WikiLeaks … reveals that Ben Affleck demanded that the PBS show ‘Finding Your Roots’ remove the fact that one of the actor’s ancestors owned slaves,” reports the Boston Globe.

In a July 22, 2014, e-mail, the show’s host, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., asked Sony USA boss Michael Lynton what he should do about Affleck’s request: “One of our guests has asked us to edit out something about one of his ancestors — the fact that he owned slaves. Now, four or five of our guests this season descend from slave owners, including Ken Burns. We’ve never had anyone ever try to censor or edit what we found. He’s a megastar. What do we do?” Lynton advised that the revelation be removed. “I would take it out if no one knows, but if it gets out that you are editing the material based on this kind of sensitivity then it gets tricky.”

In response to the leaked emails, Affleck apologized for having made the request and admitted that he was embarrassed by his slave owning relative and wanted to distance himself from him.

APPLICATION

If PBS was to do a documentary on finding Jesus’ roots, what do you suppose they’d find? He’s the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, so surely His pedigree is perfect, right? Wrong!

Rahab was a prostitute.

King David was an adulterer and murderer.

Truth be told, ALL of Jesus’ ancestors were imperfect, sinful souls simply because ALL human beings are imperfect, sinful souls.

What if this news gets out?! He's a megastar! It could ruin Him!

But Jesus wasn’t embarrassed by his pedigree. He didn't want to distance Himself from it. Rather, He embraced it, acknowledging that God uses imperfect, improbable, even undesirable characters to accomplish his purposes.

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham …” (Matthew 1:1, ESV).

“Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph … “ (Luke 3:23, ESV).

Charlie Pride's Pride and Envy

Pride Envy Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-04-18

Scripture: Philippians 2:3 ; Proverbs 16:18

Author: Illustration Exchange
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The Other Fellow

Excuses Perspective Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-11-15

Scripture: Matthew 7:3

Author: unknown
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"I Should Go To Heaven"

Good Works Salvation Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-27

Scripture: Ephesians 2:8

Author: Sophia Loren, actress
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When Humility Isn't Humility

Humility Hypocrisy Self-righteousness

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-09-03

Author: Jayson D. Bradley / Illustration Exchange
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How Gross Is Your Toothbrush

Self-righteousness Sin Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-03-17

Scripture: Isaiah 64:6

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Self-righteousness Can Sneak Up On Us

Self-righteousness Humility Humor

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-24

Scripture: Luke 18:10 ; Philippians 2:3

Author: Kent Crockett
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The Fatal Flaws of Legalism

Legalism Self-righteousness Judging

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2013-04-09

Scripture: Matthew 22:36

Author: Joseph Stowell
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