Our society tends to turn our selfish desires into a righteous cause. We need to impose our will on the public. If the public accepts your conditions of your selfish behavior, then an individual is justified. We get our justifications from others instead of from God. If you look hard enough and long enough you will find someone who agrees with your selfish behavior. The only way to figure out if something is selfish or not you need to look to scripture and not to the world.
Galatians 5:24 (NASB):
“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”
Does your flesh control your decisions? If we are honest we will answer at least partially yes. The best form of denial of a sin is converting it into a righteous action. When we do that we are not in the light of God. It is like digging yourself out of a hole. Many of my blog post deal with the idea of manipulating truth to fit your own desires. Your own desires are not necessarily God’s desires. That is why every action we do has to be weighed with the word of God.
Philippians 2:3-4 (NASB):
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important then yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interest, but also the interest of others.”
The common lie we tell ourselves is our own personal interest is the same across the board. Your personal ambitions don’t hold the same weight in another eye. Still pursing this concept to justify selfishness quickly leads to vanity. After a while you stop justifying your selfish actions. Your vanity camouflages the interest of others. It lies to you. You don’t justify something you perceive to not exist. Anytime someone or something points out your selfish behavior it looks as an act of aggression when it is just merely the truth. You cannot see your own reflection anymore.
Proverbs 21:2 (NASB):
“Every man’s way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weights the hearts.”
Continuing the reflection metaphor, what is the median thru we see our reflection? If we set up our own mirror it will only cast an image we mind pleasant. If we look thru the mirror God gives us we would look gross. We are so hideous there needs to be immediate action. We will not be able to interface with the public without cleaning ourselves up. Everyone around us will take notice. This true righteousness will only point to God.
A vain person has their own mirror while a liar is looking thru the one God set up. This liar says these imperfections are perfect. The world will look at the person and see they are hideous. The worse thing you can do is point to the mirror that God gave you and deny your imperfections to others. You will be judged more harshly then the person who put up their own mirror.