The Relative Game

Relativity is a dangerous game. Relatively speaking, someone may be a genius. Relatively speaking, someone may be good-looking. Relatively speaking, I may be holier than someone else. That's the most dangerous game of all. How many times have we comforted ourselves by comparing ourselves to others? We may be bothered by something we've done wrong, so we consider another who we may think is worse. Jesus warns us against playing this dangerous game. His disciples often played the relativity game to justify themselves, and Jesus wasn’t very fond of it. When asked if they were holier than others because they had not suffered some tragedy, Jesus gave them some perspective in return: “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3). The relativity game is an easy one to play, but there is a cost for playing it. When we play the relativity game, we're not playing by our rules; we're playing by Jesus' rules.