Q. I was having dinner with my (Christian) sister last night and started to tell her about something funny a pastor said, and she said that was wrong to say. She becomes smug about Christian beliefs. Her husband told her she was being self-righteous. She was saved before me so I get the impression that she thinks she’s a “better” Christian.
The same sister has another daughter who was married a year ago to a man with the last name of “Butts”. They are all Christians. She got together with them and had a picture taken with their backs to the camera, half bending over but looking at the camera. It says “Merry Christmas….from the Butts”. I think it’s cute but my sister thinks it’s unbiblical. She said the butt is a sexual part of the body and they should not have done that. She likened it to Sodom and Gomorrah. I think this is really stretching it and I don’t see anything wrong with the picture. What do you think?
A. It sounds like your sister has lost the joy of her salvation. It’s an easy thing to do. She may be unhappy about something specific or just discouraged about life in general, and it’s having an impact on her attitude. Or she may have unconsciously developed one of those “holier-than-thou” attitudes that Christians sometimes get. Either way, the best remedy is to pray for her. David prayed that the Lord would restore the joy of his salvation (Psalm 51:12) so maybe it’s something you can do for your sister.