Perhaps you have seen those side-by-side photos in magazines like People or US Magazine that ask, “Who wore it best?” You see pictures of two celebrities wearing the same outfit, and the readers are encouraged to vote on “who wore it best.” It’s usually a no-brainer, since one is usually quite a bit more attractive than the other.
Allow me to take that same question and apply it to a different area of our lives: our acceptance of sin.
It’s funny how we can be so outraged when we see a person committing a sin, when we ourselves have somehow managed to rationalize that same sin in our own lives. In our minds, “we wear it best,” or at least it is acceptable for us, while it is outrageous for the other person.
I suggest to you that it is always easy to notice certain compromises and sins in others, because we are far too familiar with them ourselves. It’s the old “I can’t see the speck in your eye because I have a telephone pole in mine” syndrome that Jesus spoke of during the Sermon on the Mount.
Sometimes, we are actually guilty of something far worse than the sin we are criticizing our Christian friend about.
So, back to the original question: who wore it best? Neither, if it’s any kind of sin or compromise. Instead of wearing that today, let’s do as the Bible says: “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Romans 13:14).
I am sure you will wear that best of all.
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