Doing my research for this week’s “One Another” message. Came across some interesting comments by Warren Wiersbe that I had to stop what I was doing and post them!

“The legalist is not interested in bearing burdens. Instead he adds to the burdens of others.”
“The legalist is always harder on other people than he is on himself, but the Spirit-led Christian demands more of himself than he does of others that he migh be able to help others.”
“Instead of trying to restore the erring brother, the legalist wil condemn him and then use the brother to make himself look good.”
“The legalist rejoices when a brother falls, and often gives the matter wide publicity, because then he can boast about his own goodness and how much better his group is than the group to which the fallen brother belongs.”

What I felt was eye-opening was that so often the more conservative Christian is usually painted as the “legalist.” But Wiersbe’s comments show that those who are less conservative and would never consider themselves as a legalist actually fall into that camp more than they realize.

How often does the cussing, drinking, slouchy, smoking, long-haired, inked, pierced, hand-waving, coarse, metal band loving, Obama loving, ‘R’ rated movie watching, ‘I-have-my-freedom-in-Christ’ Christian publicly or privately take pleasure at the failures of the straight-laced, anti-TV, hymn singing, jacket & tie wearing, beehive hairdo, teetotalling, no movie watching, Obama hating, muzak listening, squeky clean, white sock wearing, never said a dirty word Christian?

Both camps or brands of Christians mentioned above are harder on the other brand of Christians than they are on themselves. Both camps seem more interested in gloating than restoration. Both take smug pleasure in the downfall of the other, thinking they “deserved it” and are quick to post about it!

The point is this — we are ALL more legalistic than we realize or would like to admit! Let’s move away from us/them attitudes and move toward the writing of Paul in Galatians 6:4 — “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others.”