[Editor’s note: The following is adapted from two articles by Sarah Garrett, first published on Lies Young Women Believe. Used with permission.]
Have you ever had a person notice that you were sinning and then call you out on it? How did you feel? Embarrassed? Angry? Grateful?
I became a Christian at a young age and have lived a faithful Christian life. Somewhere along the way, I began to think that I was better than other Christians because “my sin wasn’t as bad as their sin.” That’s a prideful and self-deceiving attitude, but I acquired it nonetheless.
Then in my senior year of college, I had an experience that forever changed me. I was in the car with a guy friend and saw a girl who I absolutely could not stand. I looked at my friend and said, “Do you see that girl right there? She is terrible . . . ” and I went on to list every negative thing I knew about her.
While I sat there feeling good about my superiority, he looked at me and said, “Sarah, why do you think you’re better than her? You don’t know what she’s been through in her life that makes her the way she is. We are all sinners, and Jesus died for her. You sin, too, and Jesus loves that girl just as much as He loves you.”
I wanted to fire back with some witty retort, but I couldn’t. He was right.
I was just as guilty.
Just as sinful.
Just as in need of a Savior.
My stomach still churns when I think about that moment.