Today, let's highlight the ‘holier than thou’ umm…phrase. That’s what I will call it, a phrase. Previously, I have called it myth, a lie, even a neutralizer as it seems to create a pause or second guess introspection in a large portion of believers. Why? It’s not a new tactic, or even a complicated strategy for that matter. In my own life, I’ve been called this on more than one occasion and for a long while (years even) I would immediately begin a deep navel gaze to ensure that my thoughts and actions would not make the individual(s) I was around feel uncomfortable. It wasn’t until about five years into this walk that I was able to see through this smokescreen.
I mean, seriously, Jack choosing NOT to drink wine doesn't make Jack holier than Jill any more than drinking wine makes Jill LESS holier than Jack. It's plain smoke and mirrors; just another time wasting diversion sent with the intent to prevent people from growing and being their authentic self. No more! Be free to be yourself. Fully. Why waste time comparing who is holier than who? It is not only foolish, it's dangerous- because win or lose, we end up on the side opposed by God...the pride side.
I remember the boldness that rose in me as I began to realize how much mental and emotional energy we had expended on this phrase. This one little phrase has literally arrested relationships and created an undermining self consciousness in each generation. Challenge: Let's commit to continue on and not change our standard of living because of some lie the enemy whispers to further separate and divide. Where this statement used to challenge us, now let's challenge it. Catch the myth when it shows up and disarm this… ‘phrase.” Hold your form. Challenge.
Grace, Grace, Shazzie
P.S. Please watch the short video and re-read this post. Because I love to see you smile!