Self-Sins: The Pride of Knowledge and the “Self-Righteous” Indignation
But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognises. (1 Corinthians 8:1b-3)
If only the judgment day will be a test on how much we know about doctrines, then it is better that we read books, Bible commentaries, sermons, autobiographies of great preachers, etc., so that we will pass the test with flying colors.
But apparently not.
We will not be judged on how much knowledge we have acquired but how much we have poured ourselves out for others, not on how fluent we speak/write and other talents but on what we have done with the talents entrusted to us. (Note: The judgment that is being referred to in this context is not the “Great White Throne Judgment” which is for unbelievers. Rather, it is the “Judgment Seat of Christ” for believers to give an account of their lives and to be rewarded for their works.)
There is so much division going on in the world. With all the educational resources that are comfortably accessible, everyone is now knowledgeable. Don’t get me wrong — it is a good thing to be smart. But the predicament is, as peoples’ heads become bigger, their hearts have become smaller. We are a generation that is easily offended and prideful. It is effortless to call someone out on social media. Hence, the term “keyboard warrior” entered the lexicon. Everyone has something to say on just about every issue. It’s toxic.
The bigger dilemma is — it’s not only outside the Body. It saddens us to see Christians calling out other Christians — Pastor John exposes Pastor James and Pastor James’ response to Pastor John. Those who brutally refute others justify what they do as out of “righteous indignation”. More like self-righteous indignation, if you’ll ask me.