Summary: The attitudes which Christians display towards their fellow man will have a great bearing on our relationship to God.
Webster defines attitude as: 1. A manner of acting,
feeling, or thinking that shows one’s disposition, opinion,
A. Our attitudes may be socially acceptable and good,
or they may send very strong warnings to every-
one around that we reject what others think or
1. Our attitudes may come as a result of intense
thinking and study, but most often come about
with a minimum of thought or no thought, at
In the case of bad attitudes, others may try to point out our
bad attitude so that we might change any unchristian
A. Way too often, however, we have a tendency to
make excuses and justify our bad words or action.
1. It must be understood that even though we
may excuse our unchristian behavior....God
doesn’t overlook these bad habits quite so
Something else must also be understood.......bad attitudes
are both; habit forming, and infectious.
A. People have a tendency to run in packs...
1. One bad attitude might become a dozen bad
attitudes, as people take sides.
Let us take a look at some of the more common bad
attitudes that Christians tend to display.
I. I know so much, and you know so little.....it is really
frustrating to try and work with you on your level.
Romans 12:3-5 - 3As God’s messenger, I give each of
you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves,
measuring your value by how much faith God has given
you. 4Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has
a special function, 5so it is with Christ’s body. We are all
parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to
do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to
each other, and each of us needs all the others.
I Cor. 8:2 - 2Anyone who claims to know all the answers
doesn’t really know very much.
A. As with most of the bad attitudes which we will be
looking at.....pride is the root cause.
1. In truth....God really has a very low regard for
your smartness (as the world deems
a. If one were really spiritually wise....this
person would be wise and humble
enough to know that we know so very
B. In actuality, it is quite likely that this person is
really spiritually inferior to the very ones that are
so despised and disdained.
1. Superior intelligence, by the world’s standards
only genders pride.....pride which God’s
despises....pride which God will destroy.
** Sometimes this attitude is expressed in words....but as
with most of the attitudes that I will cite here....it is
1. Whether spoken or thought.....it still is a destroyer.
II. What a low-life kind of person.....this person is
regarded as lower than the slime that’s found in the
James 2:1-4 - 1My dear brothers and sisters, how can
you claim that you have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus
Christ if you favor some people more than others?
2For instance, suppose someone comes into your
meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry,
and another comes in who is poor and dressed in shabby
clothes. 3If you give special attention and a good seat to the
rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand
over there, or else sit on the floor”—well, 4doesn’t this
discrimination show that you are guided by wrong motives?
A. In making this judgment about a fellow human
being, this person feels quite superior. (pride
1. If circumstances of life were reversed, what
would the judgment be?
a. Would this same person then be calling
out for mercy, understanding, and
B. We probably could find something objectionable
about everyone that we wished to look down
1. Some of this may be real....yet, some may be
perceived because of prejudiced.
a. I believe that God places people in our
lives who may look goofy or act goofy...
people who may have an odor...people
who may have a speach defect....people
with a hare-lip.........God places these
people in our lives to test us and see how
much we really love people that we
perceive to be inferior to us.
ILLUSTRATION: *** The Pink Dress ***
There was this little girl sitting by herself in the park. Everyone passed by her and
never stopped to see why she looked so sad. Dressed in a worn pink dress, barefoot
and dirty, the girl just sat and watched the people go by. She never tried to speak.
She never said a word. Many people passed by her, but no one would stop. The next
day I decided to go back to the park in curiosity to see if the little girl would still be
there. Yes, she was there, right in the very spot where she was yesterday, and still