I'm Better than You
“Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has he not spoken through us also?” Numbers 12:2
We are all exceptional. Just ask us. What psychologists have coined as the "better-than-average effect" permeates our attitudes and actions. For example, a 1976 study revealed that 70 percent of American students said they were above average in leadership ability. Twenty-five percent of them said they were in the top one percent when it came to getting along with others!
Along the same lines, 93 percent of Americans said they were above-average drivers. Even drivers who had been hospitalized as a result of an accident they caused rated themselves as above average. It seems we have an overinflated opinion of ourselves, an opinion that borders on delusional.
Some researchers attribute this mindset to a need for self-esteem. More often than not, it is just a symptom of our selfishness. Whether we will admit it or not, we tend to believe we're better than other people, but we would be hard pressed to find a Biblical basis for our belief. In the eyes of our Heavenly Father and through the lens of the Gospel, no one is better than anyone.
In preparation for this week's sermon, read Numbers 12 and consider the ways you have acted like Aaron and Miriam and considered yourself better than others.