It’s All About the ‘Tude
Has anyone ever told you that you have a bad attitude? Have you ever been in a situation where you were unhappy with the people and circumstances around you and everyone knew it? They just had to see the look on your face. In this portion of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, he is telling the believers that their attitudes need adjusting and here’s why: selfishness, lack of tenderness and compassion, looking out for one’s own interests and not paying attention to others, trying to impress… You get the point.
Do we need an attitude adjustment as individuals? How about as a church? Do we really love one another as Christ loves us, or do we have our own agendas to promote and are we failing to work together for good?
Matthew Henry’s Commentary on these verses is interesting and states that Paul is primarily dealing with “like-mindedness, in conformity to the example of the Lord Jesus, the great pattern of humility and love.” Verse 2 tells us “then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.”
As I seek to understand recent events in our country and reflect on the church’s response (or lack thereof), I’m struck by the lack of love. We fail to love each other, we fail to love as Christ loves, and we fail to show the world around us that we will work together and have the mind of Christ as we respond to violence, poverty, cultural tension, and even each other.
I pray that I will become more like Christ, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness (vs 6-7)”. If the world is to see Jesus as the answer, it has to start with me. With my attitude. And if it needs an adjustment, I hope he’ll come and take care of it, ‘cause if I’m sportin’ a ‘tude, people will me and my flaws, not the Savior, Christ the Lord.