Is our self-righteousness putting us ahead of God’s plan?

Moses has enjoyed a host of criticism over the course of my lifetime, yet I remember that he is called the meekest man to ever live. Unfortunately for Moses that is not seen as something flashy and since we don’t really desire meekness we just give his meekness the religious nod and move on with our lives. Today though I want to use Moses’ life to show something that I believe happens is our lives as Christians.

Most of us are aware of Moses’ killing the Egyptian and his subsequent departure from Egypt. Now here is where we can get self-righteous ourselves as we say, “well that was just part of God’s plan” and move on as if he had done nothing wrong but Moses did do something wrong. Moses allowed his sense of justice to dictate how he responded to the Egyptian (a picture of an unbeliever). Yes the man was wrong in beating the Israelite but Moses here reminds me so much of what is happening in the church today. Changed lives are decreasing but “christian” activism is increasing tenfold. We rail against our government for restricting the Ten Commandments while we step over the helpless and weak to stand on the courthouse steps. Our self-righteousness is a stumblingblock for unbelievers. It certainly was for the Egyptian that Moses struck with an holy arm.

Secondly Moses showed this continuing self-righteousness as he tried to intervene between two Israelites (a picture of believers). WOW! How often do we attempt to rule with a holy rod of iron against brothers and sisters in Christ. What happened to the conviction of the Holy Spirit? If we so believe in the Spirit’s work why are we so specific and condemning in talking with other believers? Are we like Judge Moses? Passing by and feeling as if other believers could benefit from our wisdom.

Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here. I am not advocating a life of apathy towards other believers and unbelievers alike. However I am asking the question, “are we sensitive to the Spirit or are we charting our own course?”

Published by Daniel M Harding

Husband, father, associate pastor.

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