We often hear people describe Christians as being “holier-than-thou”. A “holier-than-thou” attitude comes when a person becomes prideful and thinks they are more righteous than other people based upon their own standards and not necessarily God’s standards. An example of this could be the subject of going to movies. Some people think that it is wrong to go to movies because many of the movies are about things that are against God and His Word. The conviction about not going to these types of movies is a good conviction. However, the Bible does not condemn us from going to a good movie. God gives us guidelines to follow so we will make the right choices…in this case, we will not want to go to the movies to watch a movie that would not please God. (And those are far and few between.) A good verse for us to remember is: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Corinthians 10:31-33 KJV) In these verses it is very clear that Christians should bring glory and honor to God in everything they do. We could take a side trip here and see just how important it is for us to live according to God’s Word and not our own desires or what others think we should do. We won’t take the side trip right now but have you ever thought that something you say or do could keep someone from being saved? That is a very serious thing and we need to realize that our actions could keep someone from spending eternity in heaven. Going back to our convictions being the base of condemning others and having a “holier-than-thou” attitude, let’s look at some verses in Romans. “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:1-4 KJV) Christians are to be holy but not “holier-than-thou”. As said before, God gives us guidelines to follow and we need to follow them. If we are convicted that doing a certain thing is wrong, then it would be wrong for us to do it. However, it may not be wrong for someone else to do it unless God has said not to do it. And make sure you take all of God’s Word and not pull out Scriptures to make them meet your own desires. God may not condemn going to the movies but He does give us guidelines that tell us what kind of movies we should or should not go to. Don’t develop a “holier-than-thou” attitude.