Wednesday, June 27, 2012

that one thing || Addressing the Issue of Pride

There is not a single fault which makes a man more unpopular and which we are more conscious of in ourselves. This vice I speak of is Pride or Self-Conceit. Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence on God. It lifts up ones heart against God and contends for supremacy with Him.

Pride is indeed the root vice from which many other sins spawn. He who wishes to glorify himself and not God thereby attempts to deprive God of something only He is worthy of. It is no wonder than that God opposes the proud. And because God cannot bear with arrogance, He reveals Himself in scripture as actively opposed to Pride: “God opposes the proud…” (James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5). And although Pride takes on innumerable forms, it has only one end: Self-glorification. 

As C.S Lewis stated in Mere Christianity, “Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: [for] it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind” (Lewis 122). Furthermore, as long as we are proud we cannot know God. In God we come up against everything that is in every respect immeasurably superior to ourselves. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and as long as he looks down, he cannot see that which is above him. Humility, in Christian morals, is the exact opposite of Pride.

As the rest of James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 say, “…but [God] gives grace to the humble…” If anyone would like to acquire humility, here is the first step: to realize that one is proud. Granted, this is not an easy step: but a very important one nonetheless. Nothing whatsoever can be done before you acknowledge that you are an utterly prideful human being. If you think you are not proud, you are very proud indeed.

The point is God wants you to know Him: wants to give you Himself. 

Seek Him First,
All Text © 2012 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Charity Klicka Photography

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