Not sure who coined the phrase, “Don’t point your finger at someone, because when you do, there are three fingers pointing back at you,” but I do know one thing: I hate that guy!
OK, maybe hate is too strong a word. Maybe I should just say, “Gee thanks for ruining all the fun!”
Seriously, though, we do enjoy a good finger pointing, don’t we? It helps assuage the guilt we already feel and gives us that sense of superiority that, deep down, we know we never had – no matter how bad we can make others look. There’s something about the “Neener, Neener” moment that offers a level of self-satisfaction for which our psyche, at the most lizard brained level, longs. Pretty short lived moment though.
Paul warned the Galatian Christians about this very issue two millennia ago:
Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day’s out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived. 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. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Galatians 6:1-5 The Message
We need to show forgiveness because it won’t be long before we need some of our own. Doing the best we can with our own life is more job than most of us can handle by ourselves.
OK, so I guess the “Three-Fingers” guy was right: If not three fingers, then at least one will be pointing our way before long.
Doesn’t mean I have to like him . . .
Pressing on toward the goal . . .