The double standard; mine, not necessarily yours

I feel as though Christians are held to a double standard – and they should be. We should have at least double the standards others regard as necessary.

DOUBLE-STANDARD.0021

Because we are commanded to be perfect – as Christ was perfect.

Does this mean we will have bad days? Yes.

Does this mean we will be grouchy and hangry? Yes.

Does this mean we will be tired? Yes.

Does this mean we will react out of frustration or even anger? Yes

Does this mean we will be fearful? Yes.

Does this mean we will hurt and be hurt? Yes.

But these are not excuses. These are places to act out humility and grace and forgiveness.

When we are regarded by others with the expectation of perfection and no room for failure, people are holding us to no less a standard than we should hold ourselves to.

And this is an impossible standard. And for good reason.

If we could meet this standard, what is the need for a Savior?

We have all fallen short of the glory of perfection.

And when God looks at us, thank the Lord – literally – that he sees us as redeemed by the act of Christ on the cross.

Because I will continue to fall short – I will continue to fail. But the standard is still there to strive for daily.

It’s a strange juxtaposition: we are to be perfect without the ability to be perfect save Jesus.

Double standards?

Absolutely.

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