A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC June 25th, the third Sunday after Pentecost.
One day a man walked into the pastor’s study and said that he felt compelled to confess a sin that was newly weighing on his heart. He told the pastor, “Every week when I come into church, I find myself looking around at the other men in the congregation and recognizing that I am the best looking guy here. No other man comes close to my strong physique and handsome features. Pastor, what do I do about this sin?” The pastor replied, “John, that’s not a sin, that’s just untrue.”
We spend a lot of time, consciously or unconsciously, looking around at other people and comparing ourselves to them. Inevitably, we end up on a particular rung of our self-created ladder of human value somewhere between those whom we resent or admire because we perceive them as smarter, better looking, weal [...]