One of the many complaints I get about the Christian faith is the presence of believers who think “they are better than everyone else”. Some know Christians who make it seem like they’ve cornered the market on what it looks like to be a Christian. They hold fast to black and white. They diametrically oppose gray. They know all the answers.
They probably love the smug Psalm. They aren’t like the heathens. They walk in integrity (Ps. 26:11). They bathe in their innocence (Ps. 26:6). They don’t hang out with liars or hypocrites (Ps. 26:4). This is the five-star restaurant psalm. The filet mignon psalm. Located in Beverly Hills. It might be used to perpetuate the stereotype. Why would anyone be interested in a God whose people feel that way about outsiders? I think the first verse in Psalm 26 clears up any misunderstanding.
“For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I will walk in your faithfulness” (Ps. 26:1). When you recognize God’s faithfulness, it changes you from inside out. You then begin to boast—not in what you have done for God—but in what God has done for you.
So how do you avoid “better than you” Christian behavior?
1. Keep God’s steadfast love before your eyes
Keeping this in mind gives you perspective. God’s steadfast love and grace are the only reasons you are “in the fold”. (Ps. 26:3)
2.Extend love to others in a graceful manner
God’s love isn’t just FOR you, it should flow FROM you. And it should be graceful. (Col. 4:6)
3. Remember the same grace that was sufficient for you should also be sufficient for others
In doing so, you realize where you’ve come from and can relate to others who may be in similar circumstances. (2 Cor. 12:9).
4. Boast in only one person–the Lord
Christ’s words still ring true, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all people to me.” Boast in him and he’ll do the rest. (2 Cor. 10:17).