We have a dog who loves to go on walks. In fact, when you get out his leash, he comes running. I remember one of the first times I took him on a walk, as we came near home he tugged more and more towards a water puddle. I, of course, thinking he was thirsty, took him to the water to get a drink. But he had other things in mind! As soon as we approached the water, he dove in head first and began rolling around in the water, covering himself with mud. He would prefer being covered in mud, rather than washed clean.
We, the human race, are much the same. We enjoy the things that make us dirty. In fact, we often wallow in them. But to make our actions seem better than they are, we compare ourselves with others. And we can always find someone whose behavior is much worse than ours. Unfortunately there is a problem with this line of thought; Our peers are not the standard, God is, and God is holy! When compared to holy, we no longer measure up. We are dirty just like my dog who loves running head first into muddy water.
“And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” – John 3:19