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The Danger of Pride (Part 1)

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 9:10 AM

     Pride is a tricky thing that can be good for us in small portions, but can also be deadly if taken in large amounts. We often hear it used in a positive light, from our youth we were told to take pride in what we do, or to take pride in how we look. We were taught to take pride in the things that we have and to take care of them. Even our toys were to be taken care of. I remember being taught to be sure and put my bicycle up everyday so it would not be out in the rain. In the past children were taught to take pride in their family name, to protect and keep it. Within our nation, patriotism is a form of pride. We sing that we are “Proud to be an American”. Factory workers are encouraged with slogans like “American Pride”. Grandparents are expected to be proud of their grandchildren and parents are encouraged to tell their children that they are proud of them.

 

     For the most part, I believe that the vast majority of us would agree with these principles. In fact, many cultures would use the word “honor” to describe much of what we have here. In point of fact, there are those cultures which teach that one should kill himself if he brings dishonor upon his family, or even that parents should kill their own children if they dishonor their family. Now, granted these are extreme cases, but the reality is that even in our own cultural history Honor was considered to be something that was extremely important. Do you remember the fact that in the Declaration of Independence our forefathers pledged their “Sacred Honor”? Yet, on the other hand, we are warned in the Bible that “Pride goeth before destruction” (Proverbs 16:18)

 

     Yes, Pride is most definitely a very tricky thing and over the next few weeks we will be looking at what the Bible has to say about this subject and hopefully offer some practical insight into this very tricky issue.

 

  - Pastor Tim

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