Let’s Talk Pride and Humility

Introduction

            When thinking about the many vices that are unraveling Western Civilization, two are foundational: tolerance being the offspring of pride. If pride is the impetus for rebellion against divine authority, tolerance is the enforcer. We’ll talk tolerance in the next “Let’s Talk” article.

Pride, on the one hand, is defined as a feeling of self-worth or expresses “gratification that arises from association with something good or laudable.” For example, “I am proud of my children, my employees, or my country;” even “I am proud of my accomplishments.” In the right context, it actually reflects humility as opposed to pride. Statements such as these are not arrogant or self-serving; they can be expressions of genuine love.

On the other hand, pride is a “high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit or superiority,” otherwise known as conceit or arrogance (see Random House Webster’s College Dictionary, 1996). Excessive pride is called hubris, the end result being narcissism. People who possess this vice or malady long for positions of power, which they can use to expand their singular greatness. This second definition of pride is inconsistent with love; pride is a self-serving and destructive vice. It is either ignorant of the presence and influence of God in human affairs or it goads people to think of themselves as divines and superior to others; these are the elites, who let everyone know that they are special and deserve, no, must be heard.[1]

Let’s make this a little clearer by briefly discussing another word that is written or spelled the same way, but, like pride, has both a negative and positive meaning; that word is jealousy. Negatively, jealousy is anger over what others have as opposed to covetous, which is wanting what other people have. This is what drives much of modern day liberal progressivism, socialism and has always been the root of communism. Jealousy is what distorts the term fairness, which plays well in sports but is extremely destructive in the social and political spheres.

Positively, jealousy desires and protects what is right and good. James (4:1-6) argues that the Holy Spirit is jealous over those He indwells, wanting them to pursue a friendship with God over a friendship with the world, which, by the way, is an act of pride or hubris (desiring power that belongs to another). Rather than recognizing the sole authority in the world, the Creator God, a person or a group of people assume an authority that is not theirs to possess. Humankind’s jealousy is founded in a selfish, unruly, and defiant pride; the Lord’s jealousy is founded on His love, which longs to protect His own. We are God’s possession, not the possession of prideful men and women who long to usurp God’s natural and just authority. Selfish pride (godless pride) exists on a pendulum between self-loathing and extreme narcissism and always ends poorly.

The opposite of the vice of pride is the virtue of humility, the recognition that others, but especially God, play the essential role in one’s success. We must move from loving self to loving God, from hating oneself to loving others, from loving and pursuing humanist socialism, which is a false hope, to loving and pursuing the Creator, humanity’s only hope. Therefore, pride is on the one hand selfless and on the other, selfish; It is either constructive or destructive; it is facilitating or debilitating; it is self-deprecating or self-defeating; pride is in God for the benefit of others or it is in oneself at the expense of others; it is loving God or it is loving oneself.

 

Historical Examples of Pride

Historical examples of pride are innumerable. It is a malady that handicaps and challenges every human being who has ever lived. It is a tremendous threat to a good conscience and, therefore, to the values such a conscience brings to civility, that is, behaviors that are selfless or moral.[2]  The examples I have chosen to share are related to a person or people’s relationship to the Divine. Pride is basically, or at its selfish core, a struggle for power and control.

 

Examples from the Book of Genesis

With Adam and Eve, pride was an attitude that offered each of them the potential to think for themselves, to be in charge or in control of their own destiny. The thought of understanding everything about good and evil was a tempting and extremely gratifying thought. “Just think; I could be just like God.” Pride, wanting to extract power and control from God, set in motion a human yearning for every vice a defiled conscience can impose on a lust-focused world (1 John 2:16-17). Later, for Nimrod (his name means “to rebel”), pride offered him personal and communal self-gratification; by disobeying God, he supposed that he would be able to learn the answers to life’s unknowns and uncertainties through humanistic means (astrology was the humanistic means that Nimrod and his followers pursued). The people wanted to build a city (Babylon), a tower (to study and get answers from the stars), and a name or reputation for themselves that would minimize the accomplishments of others while boasting in theirs.  Personal and national pride (arrogance) blinded them from seeing the blessing of God; instead, they rejected God’s will for them in order to seek their own. These activities and desires describe, “the birth of humanism, something that is human-centered, with all the wrong motivation, motivated from pride” (See Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Book of Genesis: An Exposition from a Messianic Jewish Perspective. (San Antonio, TX: Ariel Ministries, 2009), p. 223). In both of these instances, pride finds its impetus when the human mind decides to undermine the mind of God.

Human pride (arrogance) and the mind and will of the Divine are mutually exclusive; the former always seeks to diminish the later, and the later (Almighty God) will temporarily step aside and let pride take its course. The results of pride are always the same: a corrupt conscience gradually replaces a good conscience, new vices trump old values, immoral behavior is tolerated and moral behavior is regressive, and all that is bad replaces all that is good. Have you seen any of this movement toward evil lately? The seemingly just humanitarian effort to create a utopia ALWAYS ends in a humanistic “dystopian” disaster. The problem is that selfish pride is always in denial--it cannot see the role of God. This is known biblically as spiritual blindness.

 

An Example from an Eighteenth Century Revolutionary

Modern historians frequently impose the deist label (God exists but has removed Himself from the affairs of humankind) on all the Founders of the United States of America. Unless one wants to consider Thomas Paine a deceiver or manipulator of the people, it is clear that the deism he adopted after the American Revolution (his deistic book, Age of Reason, 1794) was nearly as much a part of his thinking prior to the Revolution as it grew to be afterward. In his initial publication, Common Sense, Paine stirs the hearts and minds of the people toward revolution with references to an active and involved biblical God that are conspicuously visible on the pages of his treatise. Referencing the nature of monarchy, Paine notes its natural and insidious predisposition.

Did it [the monarchy] ensure a race of good and wise men it would have the seal of divine authority (emphasis mine), but as it opens the door to the foolish, the wicked, and the improper, it [the monarchy] hath in it the nature of oppression. Men who look upon themselves born to reign, and others to obey, soon grow insolent; selected from the rest of mankind their minds are early poisoned by importance (Thomas Paine, Common Sense, Dover Thrift Editions, 1997, p. 15).

The “importance” to which Paine refers is the arrogance, the pride that lusts for divine-like power, which eventually requires oppression to keep that power. Unlike God, the possessors of pride lack omniscience and omnipotence—they are not all-knowing and all-powerful. Note that this pride is a consequence that swells up in leaders whose path to power does not carry the “seal of divine authority.” If it had, Paine argues, the leaders would have been “good and wise.” The point: Goodness and wisdom come from God, not from human beings.

Later in the treatise, Paine suggests a Charter of the United Colonies be devised that would stipulate the elections and authority of a Congress, which would guarantee the security of the “freedom and property of all men, and above all things, the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience.”[3] And to whom does he turn for the preservation of this new charter? God Himself. And on what document would this charter be “brought forth?” The Word of God (Common Sense, p. 31)! The sole source of power and authority in all of creation is God and it is God’s alone; He grants His power and authority to governments to ensure that justice and righteousness are upheld.

Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those [authorities] which exist are established by God. Therefore, he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing, for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil. Wherefore, it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath but also for conscience sake (emphases are mine; Romans 13:1-5).

Every government or authority, from the beginning of creation through the future Messianic Kingdom (the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth), receives its authority to govern from Almighty God, without exception. Those whose pride usurps this divine authority will be judged accordingly by a standard that is the character of God. Obedience to government is an obligation solely because the government is required to reflect and enforce the authority and character of God on earth and not its own. Pride usurps the authority of God and, therefore, becomes oppressive and despotic; being unbound to the source of good, authority naturally becomes evil. History validates this truth again and again.

The point that needs to be drawn from Paine’s call to freedom is that self-centered pride and God’s protection are mutually exclusive—one is diminished where the other is sought; one hinders the other. The protection against pride and the authorities that arise from it (monarchs and imperial presidents, etc.) is a Charter or Constitution that is based upon principles consistent with the Word of God. “The high encomium (i.e., praise) given to David takes no notice of him officially as a king, but only as a man after God’s own heart” (Common Sense, p. 11). Government is required to seek God’s own heart. In Paine’s mind, prior to the American Revolution, the conflict between God and freedom and their enemies, self and slavery, was not hyperbole, intellectually unreasonable or an archaic concept; it was common sense. However, when pride displaces divine authority, as it has too often in world history, nothing people do is reasonable or makes sense. In fact, there is no sense but nonsense.

 

An Example of Pride from the U.S. Supreme Court

We need to take a brief look at one of ten U.S. Supreme Court decisions that instigated America’s rebellion against its Judeo-Christian roots and the God from whom they came.

Engel v. Vitale, 1962. Though the establishment clause of the First Amendment was a prohibition against the Federal Government establishing a national church, the Supreme Court once again reached back to Everson (1947) and McCollum (1948) for a false precedent to find that a mere voluntary, nonsectarian prayer made by students in the State of New York violated the “constitutional wall of separation between church and state.” Note the inappropriate inclusion of the word “constitutional.” There is no constitutional “wall of separation.” It was now unconstitutional to offer a prayer on public school property that is owned by the people of New York. While offensive only to those who did not have to participate, the “unconstitutional” prayer/activity merely acknowledges the students’ dependence on Almighty God and asked for Him to bless fellow students, parents, teachers and the country. Is it noteworthy that only those who are offended by any mention of God have the Supreme Court’s sensitive ear? The rest of us, who are offended daily by the unrestrained and immoral onslaught of liberal secularism cannot be heard. Apparently, only the Judeo-Christian ideas and principles are offensive. The arrogance of liberal justices has no bounds when it comes to undermining constitutional protections in favor of their own “religious” tenets. Read carefully the words of Thomas Jefferson on the issue of the relationship of God to government:

[The] liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will [is] a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support (David Barton, Original Intent, p. 157).

If Jefferson were here today, He would have to conclude that the government of the United States is no longer good. A government, disconnected from its Sovereign and freed from constitutional restraints, ignores God’s law and strikes out on its own with oppressive consequences. Pride leads to intentional violations of the law when doing so serves its own ends. After all, pride knows what’s best for everyone, right? Out with the “old” God and in with the new: humanistic pluralism and its sacred secular progressive agenda.

When asked by my liberal “Baptist College” history professor if I was certain that the Founding Fathers used the word “Creator” to reference God, I responded, “Absolutely!” to which she responded, “That seems to be a rather arrogant position.” Apparently, certainty about God is arrogance; certainty about being unclear about God in history is laudatory and progressive. Her pride (arrogance) was exposed in her willingness to remove God from the minds of America’s founders and her students in order to stand by her revisionist history and liberal ideology. This rejection of the influence of the Judeo-Christian God has reached deafening levels throughout every level of government and public education. The consequence of which is generations of historically uninformed US citizens who prefer Islamists, who supported Germany in two world wars, and illegal immigrants who have little to no understanding of America’s uniqueness in the world. Meanwhile, they are intolerant of Christians, many of whom fought and died to preserve their freedoms.

Pride also leads to the rejection or ignorance of reality; it always makes what is true, false and what is false, true and what is good, bad and what is bad, good. It has no other option because it is so at odds or at war with the existence of a sovereign deity. Patrick Henry declared that “the pillars of all government and of social life  … [are] virtues, morality, and religion. This is the armor …, and this alone, that renders us invincible.” We are no longer invincible. It is never a good thing to have Almighty God raise His right hand against a people or simply turn His back to them. Selfish pride and its companion, unbelief, are a mockery of all things divine and leaves a people ripe for self- destruction and worthy of divine judgment (See Hebrews 10:26-31).

Along with the judiciary, modern politicians, liberal academics and compliant theologians, who believe themselves to be the sole arbiters of truth, are wiser and smarter than those poor “antiquated souls” who wrote a so-called outdated Constitution, unless, of course, it defends something that is precious to them, like free speech (at least for them) and freedom of the press. Pride picks and chooses or creates vices that, in the end, benefit no one—there can be no universal standard that governs behavior outside of its own intellect. The person of God and his divine revelation is reduced to being a human creation (a reification or human construct); He is a scheme that can be substituted by a better scheme or even better, by a brilliant god-like idol. Even without a higher authority to provide guidance or a moral standard, human beings still yearn for a savior, so they turn their lives over to those who promise them equality, social justice, and security, but in the end, will only provide them with serfdom and poverty. (For a full discussion on each of these cases along with multiple quotes of the Founders on the role of religion in America, see David Barton, Original Intent: The Courts, the Constitution and Religion. (San Antonio, TX: WallBuilders Press, 1996), pp. 151-190.

 

A National Defection

The most abhorrent expression of pride was not the action of a single person or of a few jurists running wild outside the bounds of reason, common sense, and the U.S Constitution. In September 2012, at the Democratic National Convention, a vote was taken of the delegates to determine if the Democrat Party wanted to keep the name of God out of the Party Platform. The President of the United States, Barack Obama, had unilaterally decided to remove any reference to God from the Democrat Party platform prior to the convention. However, some in the Party expressed outrage and demanded that the name of God be reinstated. Interestingly enough, they also were voting to determine whether or not the DNC would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the city for which God requests His people to pray for peace.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a voice vote with the delegates, the loudest response wins. It was clear after the first attempt to pass the amendment that the vote was nothing more than a formality.  The delegates clearly rejected the amendment to reinstate the name of God, which prompted the mayor to call for the vote a second time and then a third time. Even though the delegates rejected the reinstatement of God’s name and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the mayor, clearly shaken by the result, passed the amendment to a house full of boos. In reality, an entire political party had publically denounced God and His city of Jerusalem.

Later in November 2012, the nation reelected the individual who had initially wanted the name of God to be removed and in so doing, placed its stamp of approval on what has been the nation’s further rejection of divine authority. In 1990, Carl F. H. Henry presciently noted this gradual rejection of the Divine: “For unbelieving multitudes in our times, the recent modern defection from God known in His self-revelation has turned the whole of life into a shamble. Ours is the first society in modern history to have ventured to erect a civilization on godless foundations; it may well be the last” (Toward a Recovery of Christian Belief, p. 113). A modern Nimrod is raising his new city on a hill, having set secular humanism as its foundation. The pride that brought about the collapse of Babylon throughout its history will bring about the collapse of America and western civilization through cultural erosion and divine judgment. The last bastion of freedom grows weaker by the day because pride and freedom are, in fact, mutually exclusive.

 

The Relationship between Pride and Humility

Selfish pride is humility’s great rival, its primary adversary. Picture the following image in your mind’s eye. Pride is on the left and humility or love is on the right; the pendulum that sways left or right is your conscience; the more you lean left (toward pride), the more defiled, seared or evil is your conscience; the more you lean right (toward love and humility), the better is your conscience. Pride is the vice; humility is the virtue. Pride has no moral boundaries because those who possess pride are their own god; they create their own standards for themselves and others, and eventually, they seek power in government to impose these vices on those who are deemed regressive, racist and intolerant. The biblical anti-Christ is the poster-child for pride. I will leave it to the reader to identify the arrogant in the modern age.  Denying the presence and influence of God comes at a great price. Human beings simply do not have the power or ability to change the world “for good” apart from God, for there is no good without Him. Though He is the source of all that is good in the world, He Himself is intrinsically or by nature good (see Exodus 33:18-23 where God partially reveals His blinding glory to Moses—in humanity’s sinful state, no person can behold His greatness), which is why what He creates is naturally good and productive (Exodus 20:3-17, the Decalogue: love God and love your neighbor). On the other hand, that which humanity creates without Him is naturally bad and destructive (Genesis 1-9: Romans 3:9-18). No human being has the intelligence and ability necessary to control the power needed to rule the world justly.

 

Pride: The Clay Replacing the Potter

Almighty God printed His image upon our very souls so that we, as human beings, can live in unity with and in support of one another. But, that image was grossly disfigured. In our pride, false or otherwise, we assume wrongly that we can be like God, even better than God—we as creatures have the temerity to think that a creature can be superior in every way to its Creator. God becomes the Clay and we the potter. Pride reverses the natural order of things.

Woe to the one who quarrels with his Maker—An earthenware vessel among the vessels of the earth! Will the clay say to the Potter, “What are you doing?” or the thing you are making say, “He has no hands?” (Isaiah 45:9)

In fact, we have become so proud and self–serving that we brazenly believe that we can know more about the works of His hands through evidentiary science while at the same time ignoring His detailed revelation. The intellectual elites don’t need to fear God. They simply posit that God is merely a social reification, a human creation of the less intellectually astute (a social construct that helps the less educated get along). Therefore, there is no Creator; he does not exist. He is merely a construction of the human mind; nothing to obey, nothing to fear. Progressive humanity becomes the world’s only hope. Since there is no God, we can and must build a society around our “unmatched mental and philosophical capabilities.” Certainly, we can bring peace and unity to the world through human ingenuity better than a “reified God” can through His obsolete, offensive and loutish plan to redeem “obstinate and rebellious people,” whom we know to be basically good and loving. The people of the world can unite around the “best and brightest” and change the world by unleashing the concept of multiculturalism onto the masses. If people simply accept each other and value one another’s beliefs, peace will engulf our world and the utopia for which we have longed will be realized and eternal. Each person is his or her own god. Pride truly distorts reality.

 

“Zootopia:” Disney’s Answer to Global Chaos

Recently, I was hoping to find a movie on Netflix that was violent-free and also comedic. I saw a movie by Walt Disney Pictures entitled: Zootopia. The movie started with a choreographed play that was created by a young female rabbit that was joyfully expressing her hopes to be a female police officer in a “man’s” world. The parents of this young girl were “regressive” but with a naïve nicety that made you like them or better, tolerate their backwardness. They were embarrassed at their daughter’s public display that shocked the “older” audience. As the kind and uninformed parents and their young and sweet progressive daughter exited the theatre to go home, the little darling, while dressed in her police costume and full of hope and innocent vigor, said: If I can have my dream, “I can change the world.” At this point, the “topia” in Zootopia came to mind and I immediately realized that I had been cleverly led into an adult/child indoctrination course on the ability of progressive, irreligious or a-religious and amoral people to change the world from boredom to ecstasy, from national unity to global diversity, from bigotry to bliss, from prejudice to paradise.

So, what’s the problem? Society is teaching children that THEY have the power to change the world and make it better. Come on, Disney and its liberal executives are just trying to encourage kids to reach their potential and take their vacation with Mickey Mouse. Nothing more, nothing less. This would, most likely, be the same response if Disney reported next year that Mickey Mouse is coming out of the closet to announce that he is a transgender female. Liberalism has gradually infiltrated itself into every American Institution or medium with the goal to undermine and then rid the nation of the traditional or nuclear family, the morality that sustains that family and the God Who instituted it as the framework for moral and social stability. In the movie “Zootopia,” the young girl is a liberal mouthpiece for human relativism that suggests that diversity is the truth, which means there is no truth, and “amorality,” which is basically individual-based and sanctioned lust, are the foundation upon which the world will unite. Diversity and amorality will change the world. A cute and cuddly little girl (rabbit), a representative of progressive or liberal thought, will change the world and usher in the great global utopia. The problem with this is that selfish pride always precedes destruction from its own weight or from divine judgment. Asaph insists that pride is the necklace of the arrogant. “The garment of violence covers them. Their eye bulges from fatness (lusts for power); the imaginations of their heart overflow (human philosophy). They mock and wickedly speak of oppression (tyranny); they speak from on high (places of power). They have set their mouth against the heavens (dismissive of Almighty God); and their tongue parades through the earth (influence is not isolated)” (Psalm 73:6-9, emphases added; see also Proverbs 8:13: 11:2; 16:18; 29:23; Isaiah 2:17). Certainly, the arrogant will change the world; however, they will change it for the worst. ONLY GOD has the power to change the world for good.

Please understand that God did not create good; he did not create truth—He IS good; He IS the way, the truth, and the life. Disconnected from Him, all humanity, each and every one of us, is LOST in darkness and confusion, having no access to truth or to good; therefore, there can be no utopia (paradise) without the unified and eternal Father, Son and Holy Spirit as its source. He is utopia! Separated from God, humanity is “dystopia”. “Zootopia” is nothing more than arrogance on display, and it is utterly evil because it deceptively manipulates a little girl to spread its contaminating utopian drivel. One might consider Jesus’ words to those who hinder the children from coming to Him: “Whoever humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven. And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but, whosoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it is better for him that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6-6). To teach kids that they can change the world apart from God is to condemn future generations to endless peril and ultimate destruction.

Christians who believe that they can design or create ministries that will bring on the Second Coming, change the Church for good, or help bring nations to Christ are guilty of pride. Individuals, churches, para-church organizations, colleges, and seminaries are incapable of successfully changing the world in any way. We must understand that all believers are powerless to change anything; we need to remain mindful of the fact that God does not need us to accomplish His will. We serve at His pleasure or discretion. It is God, working in the vessel (the heart and mind of the believer), Who brings about meaningful and lasting change. To think otherwise is to steal glory from God; to assume a power that a person does not and cannot possess, and to take credit for an accomplishment one did not and cannot do, in other words, such behaviors exhibit self-righteous ego or pride. The role of the vessel, the clay, the believer is to trust and obey, i.e., to be conformed and be faithful to the Word of God (1 Corinthians 3:5-7). “To God be the Glory in heaven and on the earth” is the believers’ daily invocation.

Even though the roads and fields of human philosophy and history are paved or seeded with human blood, we persist in our stupefying arrogance as we stumble along to our eventual demise. I fear pride because, in my fallen state, it is natural for me to desire it; however, I want to keep it at bay or suppressed as much as humanly possible. What God has set in place for good, humanity, through polytheism, monarchism, liberalism, multiculturalism, pluralism, diversity, progressivism, socialism, fascism, totalitarianism, Marxism, communism, atheism and false religion all stand at attention, Semper Paratus and Fidelis (always ready and faithful), to undermine the very virtues, principles, and morals that would protect itself from mental, emotional, physical and spiritual ruin. Pride—an attitude and act of rebellion and superiority, i.e., a delusion—is humanity’s first and most destructive flaw. There is a loving and righteous God and He has, through divine revelation, revealed to us Himself and His comprehensive plan of human redemption—we ignore Him due to pride and at our own peril. Through submission or humility, we embrace meaningfulness, confidence, joy and eternity.

Think through these troubling words of Dr. Ablow on the elevated percentage of students tending toward narcissism, i.e., pride in the extreme. No doubt, the majority will consider him an apocalyptic scaremonger.

The bubble of narcissism is always at risk of bursting. That’s why young people are higher on drugs than ever, drunker than ever, smoking more, tattooed more, pierced more, and have more and more and more sex, earlier and earlier and earlier, raising babies before they can do it well because it makes them feel special, for a while. They’re doing anything to distract themselves from the fact that false praise has left them empty inside and unworthy. … Watch for an epidemic of depression and suicidality, not to mention homicidality, as the real self-loathing and hatred of others that lies beneath all this narcissism rises to the surface (We are Raising a Generation of Deluded Narcissists, January 8, 2013, FoxNews.com).

Life without God is literally hell on earth! Pride always produces a perceived or self-delusional reality (no one is ever as essential as he or she might think), which always ends poorly with devastating personal, social and national consequences. Pride eventually kills.

 

Conclusion: Christianity’s Place in the World

Is Christianity an essential part of human progress? Biblical Christianity is a principled faith that cannot or should not force others to embrace it. While it requires obedience to God among its members, it can only offer and defend its timeless life principles and values to others. When Christianity falls away from its foundation and strays from its biblical mores and teachings, as it has throughout history, it too becomes proud and reduces itself to nothing more than another system of beliefs that eventually becomes dominant and tyrannical. Genuine Christianity is a religion of personal and spiritual freedom that wants to live among its neighbors for the benefit of all. It is intellectual, but not arrogant; it is God’s will, not humanity’s; it is patient, but not tolerant; it is the truth and not another truth. Throughout history, it offers unity, but does not demand it; it is progressive because it always moves human beings, in their personal and communal relationships, toward ultimate redemption, a more meaningful and profitable life, and ultimately for those who embrace Christianity, a real eternal paradise. Furthermore, Christianity is not regressive because it rejects the antiquated idea that “doing what is right in your own eyes” will result in positive change.

The Judeo-Christian faith is counter-intuitive from the world’s perspective because its message is naturally at odds with humanity’s ego that is fed with pride, i.e., its self-promoting and self-satisfying tendencies. The Christian faith starts with humility. God, who has no sin, gave His life in the person of Jesus Christ for the sin of others. Christianity is God reaching out to His enemies with an offer of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Christ obediently sacrificed His life on the Cross as the blood sacrifice that death for sin requires in order to freely give life to any and all who believe Him. It is a Gospel that requires humility in order to receive God’s love, mercy, grace, and hope. To support or embrace any other gospel (system of thought) is the embodiment of pride, which always ends in a loss, disappointment, and sorrow.

Christianity cannot and does not want to force people to become Christian, but, for the sake of societal well-being, it must and should have a place in the public square to encourage people to be Christian-like. Christianity, when properly understood and applied, betters the lives of everyone. In truth, Judeo-Christian values are universal—wherever they are advanced, people lead safer and more productive lives. America is the greatest example of Christian virtue and morality influencing an entire nation for the better. Though it would be senseless to believe that a nation influenced by Christianity would create a kingdom of God on earth, America at least has the constitutional foundation to work further in that direction than any other people group.

However, the pride inherent in human nature never allows “Christian-likeness” for any prolonged period of time. The phony and intentionally deceptive “toleration culture” of religious and secular humanism or liberalism is inherently a calculated façade, a pretense to seduce an historically ignorant and increasingly selfish population toward a “freedom” that is nothing more than captivity in a false utopia led by self-appointed elitists in the entertainment industry, academia and politics. The arrogant only want what is best for them; the unborn, the sick and diseased, the deformed, and the elderly are useful tools and those who threaten their power in any way are evil Nazi sympathizers. Their downright narcissistic character is seen in their use of God and His Word since their 2012 Democrat Convention, at which time the Party had to take a vote on whether or not it wanted to keep God around (discussed earlier).  If you watch the news you cannot help but see this bold arrogance on display. Anything they can use, even the sovereign Creator, to keep people silenced, uneducated and naïve, or dependent on entitlements is justifiable—“Democrat Progressives Know Best!” has replaced “Father Knows Best”. The government has become the Daddy; all fathers are expendable to include the Father of humanity and the fathers of the human family.

For now, believers in Christ have to be silenced if for no other reason than they encourage people to rely on a non-human authority, who actually can make a positive difference in their lives. Sadly, Christianity, which has always embraced human achievement and objective science, is now considered a threat to human progress. Without the Judeo-Christian influence, the ethics and morality that protect people from potential misuse and dangers of “human achievement” will be lost, giving it over to those whose only motive is to obtain more power. Science, in the hands of socialist or progressive politicians and their scientists, becomes corrupted and outcome-focused rather than letting the science go where it takes the scientist (climate change and so many others). If this disturbs you, it should. Pride is a dangerous and deadly disorder!

The fact is that the philosophical constructs (social and religious liberalism, socialism, progressivism), that mock or ignore the God of the Old and New Testaments, educate our children, and run our Federal and too many of our State governments, are foundationally built on pride. Hence the reason they always fail and result in disaster. It is critical to the future and security of the nation and the world that the silent and decent majority in America and elsewhere no longer sits back and lets liberal intolerance and moral indifference set our social and political agenda. Their self-delusional superiority (i.e., pride) is literally destroying our economy, disintegrating law and order, and, therefore, destroying economic opportunity and the very lives of human beings who are trying to survive beneath their oppressive boot.

As Christians, we must no longer sit back as spectators of our demise. Can we change the world and make it a better place for our children and their children’s children? If God chooses to bless us for our faithfulness in that manner, then, Yes! However, the primary reason we engage culture is that God has asked each believer, whom He saved, to be a faithful servant who trusts Him and represents all that is true and right about God, the Creator and Sustainer of everything (Colossians 1:16-17). In humility, we accept His grace and work to ensure that the message of the Christ, whose blood flows into each His branches (John 15), remains a brilliant beacon pushing back the darkness rather than a match hidden in the catacombs. Choose humility and the God of wisdom; reject pride and the false wisdom of humanity’s elites, i.e., those who are full of selfish pride. This is not the safest role in this world, but it is the right role for those whose bodies and minds are instruments of divine love.

God, give us the courage of your beloved Son to face the temporal threats for the eternal benefits that all who embrace You will share.

[1] As a side note, the US Constitution does not give anyone the right to be heard. People give others the courtesy to be heard. A hearing is earned, not given.

[2] I say “selfless or moral” rather than “selfless and moral” because moral behavior is selfless.

[3] It is my assessment, from reading many of the founding fathers’ comments on conscience, that conscience was assumed to be good and, therefore, people without conscience lacked moral conviction. Not being theologians, they did not understand that the conscience could be corrupted and be the driving force behind evil.

 

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I am a published author, co-author and editor of 13 books, written numerous articles, taught online at Liberty University and Grace College (Indiana), and appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. I am a theologian, bioethicist and retired veteran.

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