Keller: Traditionalists and progressives, moralists and self-discoverers, the narrow-minded and the open-minded are both self-righteous

Commenting on Mark 3:6,

The “traditional values” approach to life is moral conformity–the approach taken by the Pharisees. It is that you must lead a very, very good life. The progressive approach, embodied in the Herodians, is self-discovery–y0u have to decide what is right and wrong for you. And according to the Bible, both of these are ways of being your own savior and lord. Both are hostile to the message of Jesus. And not only that, both lead to self-righteousness. The moralist says, “The good people are in and the bad people are out–and of course we’re the good ones.” The self-discovery person says, “Oh, no, the progressive, open-minded people are in and the judgmental bigots are out–and of course we’re the open-minded ones.” In Western cosmopolitan culture there’s an enormous amount of self-righteousness about self-righteousness. We progressive urbanites are so much better than people who think they’re better than other people. We disdain those religious, moralistic types who look down on others. Do you see the irony, how the way of self-discovery leads to as much superiority and self-righteousness as religion?

Tim Keller. King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus, p. 46-7.

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