The Sin of Self-Interest

he winsome Rabbi answered the interviewer’s question by sharing a story of one of his contemporaries had with a man who sat down to enjoy a meal.  The rabbi approached the gentleman and asked, “Young man, why are you eating that fish?” Probably stunned by the question, the man hesitantly responded, “Because I love fish.”

Nodding his head gently and stroking his gray beard, the rabbi said, “Well, if you love the fish, why did you take it out of the water, kill it, boil it, and eat it?” which undoubtedly caused the fish great harm. Before allowing him to respond, the rabbi explained, “Don’t tell me you love the fish.  You love yourself.” He concluded the interview by suggesting our relationships are “fish love” which is based on someone else’s ability to satisfy our needs.

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Ernest Cleo Grant, II

Ernest Cleo Grant, II (@iamernestgrant) is a pastor at Epiphany Fellowship Church of Camden, a graduate of Reformed Seminary (D.C.) and currently completing his Doctor of Education from Stockton University. Ernest is married to his college sweetheart, Sarah, and the couple has two children (Amaela & Chancellor). He also has bylines in Christianity Today, Star-Ledger, Desiring God, and a host of other publications.​

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