Why You May Be Just As Ghetto As The Next: Reflections On Self-Centeredness
One foot slowly and stylishly stepped in front of the other with a swag and swanker that rivaled that of Kanye West. The twenty-something African American youth, with over-sized pants, shirt, and ball-cap tilted ever so slightly to the right slowly walked (or swaggered in a way that might only be caused by a leg injury or from a hip replacement) despite the red hand ominously flashing its’ warning to stop.
And though several cars were racing down the street suddenly slamming on their brakes and honking at the boy to move, he kept his slow swaggered pace defiantly ignoring and even glancing at the drivers as if to blame them for conducting themselves foolishly.
My blood raised to a boil as I sat in my car watching this whole incident take place. “Who does this stupid kid think he is?! Does he think the world revolves around him?” Indeed, upon reflection, I was convinced that this kid thought all others must bend to his will. It was all about him and all others are less important. Rules? Laws? They mean nothing unless someone’s infringement of them affects me in a negative way—like the crook in jail pissed that someone stole their radio.
And as I watched this young man and his laughing friends act foolishly, a small voice arose within my mind. “Jon, you do that all the time. Why is he any different?”
Though I wanted to brush this thought aside, the truth is I was just like him.
How often have I thought everything around me should bend and rotate around me and my desires? How often had I only obeyed laws that I wanted to and make excuses for those that I broke? And what of God’s law? Do I not selectively obey that and look indignantly at others the practice the same or other sins?
The truth is, we are all like this young man. We break laws and walk arrogantly against the order and structure He has built for our lives. Instead of looking bitterly at others or acting judgmental of those with the same sins in different forms. Perhaps instead of the blow-horn into which we condemn others, we ought to pick up a mirror and look deeply into our own motives, sin, and selfish souls.
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