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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Getting drunk - Galatians - pages 155-163

Sober judgement.

This is a term thrown around in the Bible that has caught my eye recently.

"Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment." Romans 12

The alternative is drunk judgement...seeing yourself while "under the influence" of yourself.

"Think of yourself"...somewhat of an interesting concept or invitation.

But when you think about yourself, do so while trying to refrain from selfishness.  How can self help itself from being selfish?  You even see at the library "Self-Help" books...funny concept.  Can self actually help itself or does it need an outside influence to make sure it's not "under the influence" of itself?  Sometimes self-help seems like an oxymoron to me as I watch people assess themselves and modify themselves according to the data they gather from their own gleanings.  There is a conflict of interest when you're "thinking of yourself" for the purpose of changing into something (someone) else other than you.

The verse I read today caused a rapid fire of verses that seemed to be saying the same thing with different expressions:

"If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves."  Galatians 6

There is nothing more annoying that being around someone who thinks they are someone when they're really not.  You don't know how to break it to them without coming across like you have a corner on the truth, so you don't.  You just keep letting that bugger hang out of their nose hoping that someone else will tell them about it or that they will catch it themselves somehow.  But one thing's for sure, this epidemic of self-awarelessness is spreading rampantly.

He spoke to the Corinthians with a similar thread of concern:

"Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know."  I Corinthians 8

Here's another way of putting it: "The surest way to prove you don't exactly know what you're talking about is telling people that you know exactly what you're talking about."  This verse comes right off the heals of "knowledge puffs up, but love builds up".  Puffy peacocks with the swagger of Jagger sauntering about like they are something special.  Saying you know shows that you don't.

The clearest indication of someone's sobriety (or sanity!) is a healthy sense of self-awareness that causes them to "walk humbly with their God".  They are ok with not having all the answers.  They are teachable teachers.

Sober judgement could go a long way to giving a much needed facelift to Christianity.

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