Expectations

If you recall, President George W. Bush campaigned heavily on educational issues, particularly when he was governor of Texas. He was strongly opposed to the phenomena known as social promotion, a practice that simply pushes underachieving students through the system whether they have learned anything or not. President Bush called this “soft bigotry of low expectations.”

 

It seems that, as Christians, we do the same thing to Christians. If I can modify President Bush’s statement, we believers are guilty of a similar dismissal. We are guilty of the soft heresy of low expectations. We do not expect the best form our Christian brothers and sisters. Nor do we demand the best from them or from ourselves. For example, sins that easily and typically are appalling to most Christians include: drugs, drunkenness, premarital sex, adultery, pornography, cursing, homosexuality. But of course, here’s a list of sins that we should care about but typically don’t because caring might interfere with our daily practices, traditions, or behavior: gossip, pride, selfishness, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, envy, or indifference.