The more you know and learn theologically, the more likely you are to become an elder brother. I’ve noticed this disturbing trend in others and I see it in myself as well. As knowledge increases, It becomes easier to look down on others who haven’t worked through the same issues as you. You become impatient with people who ask the same basic questions over and over. You are critical of those who offer overly simplistic answers that you know can’t be defended and were imparted to them by well-meaning pastors or believers.
Jesus had harsh words for the religious know-it-alls. I’d prefer he not have harsh words for me. That’s why I need to to remember that sometimes it doesn’t pay to be “smarter.”