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Arrogance & Self Righteousness

If you are a Christian, have you given thought to how your approach to life and moral issues appears to people who are not Christian?

And if you are not a Christian, have you given a thought to how your approach to life and moral issues appears to people who are Christian (or religious)?
Are we each, in our own ways, displaying arrogance? Denying the possibility of another point-of-view, and shutting out any view that doesn't tie in with our own view?
There is a perception that Christians think:- "We are not perfect, but we are better than you!" Is that how you think of Christians? Or, is that you - thinking about Christians in a 'sinful' society?
This doesn't seem a good fit with Romans 12 verse 3, which says: For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (NIV)
Pride is a sin in us by nature, and we need to be cautioned and armed against it, says Matthew Henry. Clearly that applies whether we are Christian or not.
Pride is not a preserve of the Christian or the non-Christian. It is all too easy to fall into a sense of superiority when we are pursuing a path that to us is progessive, elevating, and leading to higher things.
"Self-righteousness is a display or state of moral arrogance; the quality of someone who believes himself or herself to be morally (and, oftentimes, intellectually) superior to either a single individual or a group of individuals. Those who are self-righteous often act in invidious, contemptuous, and unapologetic ways towards their targets." (The Urban Dictionary)

“Arrogance is perhaps the most socially acceptable form of sin in the church today. In this culture of abundance, one of the only ways Satan can keep Christians neutralized is to wrap us up in pride. Conceit slips in like drafts of cold air in the winter. We don't see it, but outsiders can sense it.” ― David Kinnaman, "unChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks about Christianity... and Why It Matters"

Is it time for us to hold up a mirror to ourselves, and check our reflection?
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