The bad guys think the good guys are the bad guys

I read a headline that a British ship escorted a Russian ship in international waters near British waters over Christmas.  The relationship between Great Britain and Russia is tense right now.  A recent article from the BBC says that Moscow blames London for the poor state of relations between the countries.   Of course, London blames Moscow.  It is not very often that the bad guys see themselves as the bad guys.

I am reminded that in Christianity, the Bible teaches that without Jesus, we are all the “bad guys”.  And with Jesus, the only thing that puts us on the good guys team is Jesus.  The mistake we often make as followers of Jesus is when we start to think we are the good guys because of our own righteousness.  This was the mistake the Pharisees made.  Their own righteousness impressed them.  And everyone else was the bad guys.  Well, their own righteousness did not impress Jesus.

Matthew 23:12-13: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let in those who wish to enter.”

When we are humble enough to remember that it is Jesus who makes us acceptable to God, it makes it easier to remember that those without Jesus are not the bad guys.  They are just people who need Jesus.

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