“I can’t believe our church isn’t requiring everyone to wear a mask!”

“I can’t believe our church is requiring everyone to wear a mask!”

“I can’t believe people can’t just trust God with this virus already!”

“I can’t believe people won’t just love their neighbor and put on a mask already!”

It’s never been easier to get hurt and offended as it is today, it seems. Tensions are high. Divisions are wide. Patience is thin. And no mask is able to cover up the finger-pointing disgust that is spewing from our hearts.

It’s never been easier to get hurt and offended as it is today, it seems. Tensions are high. Divisions are wide. Patience is thin. And no mask is able to cover up the finger-pointing disgust that is spewing from our hearts. Click To Tweet

Disgust might feel like a natural response when I encounter someone who thinks so differently than I do—especially when she’s from my own church or family. But I’ve got to consider the effect my disgust is having on me, and on the Church as a whole.

What Disgust Communicates

Suppose I think everyone should be masked, but you don’t. Or suppose I think masks are an overreaction, and you don’t. Different opinions like these are acceptable in the Church, but here’s what isn’t: an attitude of disgust toward someone who sees it differently.

My disgust always makes two statements. It reveals what I think of you: you are beneath me. But it also reveals what I think of me: I’m superior. I can’t look down my nose at you without lifting myself up, so my condescending disgust and superiority are inextricable.

Disgust says, I am the right one. My opinion matters most. I matter more than you do. Of course, I would never say these things, but my eye-rolling and finger-pointing say them for me. Even if my face is half-covered by a mask, the disgust in my tone or eyes puts my sense of superiority on full display.

In other words, my disgust puts my sin on full display.

Why Disgust Is Wrong… 


Read the rest of my post HERE on the Revive Our Hearts blog and sign up HERE for the 3-week Disgust Factor Challenge.

3 Weeks. No Disgust.

Take the Disgust Factor Challenge

Dream with me. What might the Lord do with three disgust-free weeks? What might happen, both in us and around us, if we expunged the disgust from our faces and hearts?  

Take this challenge and find out…

 

This 3 week Disgust Factor challenge, which will include:

  • A short video challenge from me, regarding the sin of disgust.
  • Opportunity to hold yourself accountable and “report in”.
  • Prayer prompts and action steps

Who’s in? Sign up here!


I first wrote about the Disgust Factor Challenge in my new Bible study Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World.

Learn more at ComparisonGirl.com

 

This post originally appeared on True Woman, a blog of Revive Our Hearts. 

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