From the Pastor’s Desk
A common complaint I have heard from non-Christian friends and acquaintances centres on the so-called self-righteousness of Christians. The claim is that we are legalistic and judgmental. The accusation is to some degree a misnomer: for self-righteous people don’t really get a sense of righteousness from simple self-referral, they get it from comparing themselves with others. Truth be told our friends and acquaintances are often right. The self-righteous person compares themselves to others and judges themselves better at keeping whatever rules mean most to them.
Growing up, I loved having my grandparents as next-door neighbours. After school, I savoured having tea and cookies with Grandma before sauntering home. I realized that if I spent enough time with them, I could delay my piano practice while enjoying some television and food. Grandparents are supposed to spoil their grandchildren, and I revelled in this safety zone where the rules of home didn’t reach me.