THE SIN OF PRIDE, COMMUNITY, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT — PART 1

Original – Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless - In Christian teaching,  vanity is considered an example of pride, one of the seven deadly sins. The deadly sins emerged from words of the Book of Proverbs.    Proverbs 6:16-19 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV) 16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: 17 a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18 an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (from here)
Original – Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless – In Christian teaching, vanity is considered an example of pride, one of the seven deadly sins. The deadly sins emerged from words of the Book of Proverbs.
Proverbs 6:16-19 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)
16 These six things doth the Lord hate:
yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 a proud look, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations,
feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 a false witness that speaketh lies,
and he that soweth discord among brethren. (from here)

The Sin of Pride

Proverbs contains many sayings that address the subject of pride. I suppose that is because so many of our sins begin in pride. Hence, if we check out any blog that specializes in Bible exposition, the subject of pride is bound to come up. Consider, for example, SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 16:16-20 by Rob Barkman. Here is how he summarizes.

The “bottom line” to our study today is that living a life for Christ is ALWAYS more valuable than any material gain that can be found in this world.   But the key to living a life for Christ is  three-fold:

  1. We must trust Him with our lives knowing He will only lead us to what is beneficial for us.
  2. We must willfully choose to exercise wisdom and understanding when we are faced with the issues of life.
  3. We must carry with us a humble spirit recognizing that His Word, our wisdom, our understanding, our faith in Him, and even our spirit of humility only comes through His gracious intervention in our lives.

One the accusations against Christianity is that Christians think too much about heaven, that we don’t think enough about this world. Yet this world has no happy endings. Every single one of us dies. If there is no God…. If He does not care…. Yet if there is a God who loves us, then what is our pride to Him?

Pride, Humility and Relationship with God by Don Merritt considers a passage from the New Testament, Luke 18:9-14. Here Jesus speaks of a humble tax-collector, a man who knows he is a sinner, and a proud Pharisee, a man who thinks God owes Him. What could the Creator of all that is, including all of us, owe any of us — except what He voluntarily chooses to promise us?

Think about what  observes.

illustration for John Milton's Paradise Lost by Gustave Doré (1866).
illustration for John Milton’s Paradise Lost by Gustave Doré (1866). (from here)

It isn’t surprising that a Pharisee who came face to face with Jesus would reject Him as Messiah when He taught about mercy.  Apparently they had no understanding that they needed mercy, so wonderful was their behavior…

In a world where there are no happy endings, how could anyone not believe we don’t need our Creator’s mercy? Is it because of pride?

Can we chose what we want to believe? by I 53:5 Project doesn’t mention sin. Here the author talks about the fact that we tend to believe what we want to believe. Why? It is that matter of pride again. We reject that truth which reduces the worth of our self.

Contemplate the blindness. In a world where there are no happy endings, if there is no God who loves us, what are we worth? What is our pride worth?

Without ever mentioning the word sin, Getting Over Yourself by insanitybytes22 provides practical advice on the sin of pride. I suppose that is one thing

Building the Tower of Babel was, for Dante, an example of pride. Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (from here)
Building the Tower of Babel was, for Dante, an example of pride. Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder (from here)

that makes See, there’s this thing called biology… a popular blog. Without sounding like it,  talks about Christian religious beliefs. It is strange how that works.  Drop the use of a few words here, add a few from the popular culture, and don’t sound preachy. Then people listen.  Still, we could not get a better sermon at way too many churches. Don’t we all need to understand the importance of getting our self out of the way and seeing the big picture?

In a world where there are no happy endings, don’t we all need to see what lies ahead, to understand and appreciate what our Creator has planned?

 

7 thoughts on “THE SIN OF PRIDE, COMMUNITY, GOVERNMENT, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT — PART 1

  1. Tom,

    Thanks for sharing these postings on pride…. as we look about us, we can see that the sin of pride is EVERYWHERE… in government, the work place, churches, families and our own hearts.

    May we all be given the grace to honestly see the pride that is in our lives and allow the Lord to root it out and enable us to live lives of service to Him and FOR HIM. Lord bless!

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