I mentioned on Facebook that I have been reading Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. I have not finished the book and promise to write more about it once I have, but for now, I wanted to point out something that Mr. Miller said in the book. He tells this story of talking to a friend who had spent some time in the Congo and they have this conversation about sin nature and what man is capable of. And then he ends the chapter with this paragragh:
“I know now, from experience, that the path to joy whinds through this dark valley. I think every well-adjusted human being has dealt squarely with his or her own depravity. I realize this sounds very Christian, very fundamentalist and browbeating, but I want to tell you this part of what the Christians are saying is true. I think Jesus feels strongly about communicating the idea of our brokenness, and I think it is worth reflection. Nothing is going to change in the Congo until you figure out what is wrong with the person in the mirror. ”
Pretty profound right? Revolutionary. And it is straight out of scripture.
John 8: 1-11 – the adulterous woman who was to be stoned. Jesus response: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
In other words – look to yourselves first for sin. Then if you are sinless, then you can look to others.
And who of us is sinless?
I am spending some time looking in the mirror of Christ. It will be interesting to see what He has to show me.