It’s been going on for years. Jon Acuff raised awareness in his book Stuff Christians Like. I am not sure where it started. I think it might have started with Noah, unintentionally of course, since he walked with God and all. However, when you have been chosen to build and ride the boat while everyone else drowns you might be tempted to start thinking you’re better than others. At least, Russell Crowe did, but that doesn’t count (Read more). Maybe it was Samson who killed the donkey then took the jawbone and killed a bunch of Philistines. Maybe it was the monarchy. It could have started with Charlemagne when he forced the conversion of thousands. Was it the Crusades? I am thinking this may have been the high point of the “we-are-better-than-you” debate. When politics and the church agree to unleash holy terror on a religious group we have a problem.
Regardless of where it started, we must stop. Are Christians better than other people or just better off? I contend that we are not better. You still sin and so do I. Obviously, we don’t want to but we are not smarter than the Devil and sometimes not even a 5th grader. I digress.
Somehow we have passed on to each generation this thought that Christians are better than other people. We are not. I will claim, however, that Christians will be better off. For those who have accepted the claims and actions of Jesus by faith, they stand to inherit a great deal! The Bible records that when Jesus returns those who are His followers, by faith, will meet Jesus in the air and go to Heaven to spend eternity. How great is that?
We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.
I champion the truth today that Christians are no better than anyone else. No one is righteous. Not even one, except for Jesus. None of us are right. When those words were penned by Paul to the church at Rome he was writing to Christians. None were right. None are right. The “right-ness” we claim to have is not even our own, it is Jesus’. The stain of sin all over our lives has been cleansed. We now have access to God, Jesus, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. But let not the attitude of being “better-than-you” ever surface. It’s been 1000 years since the Crusades, it is time we stop fighting them.
Christians are not better…just better off!