The Anatomy of the Imaginary Other PERSON

imaginary other personEveryone is into comparisons.  We constantly compare ourselves to this person or that person. We evaluate our progress and see who is further along than we are presently in this virtue or that situation. However, we are never called to compare ourselves to each other. Our comparison as believers is vertical.

Horizontal comparisons are easy and mostly useless for we are not in a spiritual race with each other; we run our race alone.  At the throne of the consummated end, we are not going to bring our pastors with us before the LORD, nor will we have our mothers, fathers, bankers, brothers, sisters, gurus or any one else for that matter with us.  That final evaluation will happen alone. Utterly alone.

This sermon discusses part of this phenomena whereby we look towards other people as example or duty-fillers or excuses only to find out that they don’t really exist.

I pray you find encouragement as you listen.

About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on October 6, 2009, in Meditation/Reflections, Pastoral, Sermon Tidbits and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hey there,

    This is not about this blog posting, but about a comment you made on Pyromaniacs blog article about Rob bell entitled “Performance Artist”.

    I appreciated how you talked about showing people Bell’s message before revealing who he is. I was wondering if you still had copies of the stuff you printed off for them, and if it had references, that would be even better. I just haven’t been able to take the time to compile his false teachings, and don’t really have a great desire to wade through it because it is false and I would rather study truth. You have done something I probably won’t be able to do, but would benefit from.

    I would be very grateful to get a copy because I have encountered some similar situations where people think he’s got amazing things to say and I do not have very much of his false teaching on hand to point out to them.

    Thanks so much,


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