Humility: the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc. (dictionary.com)
It seems that humility is a missing virtue in our culture in general and, to our shame, the church in particular.
It seems to me, after evaluating my own heart, reading twitter, facebook, blogs, and hearing conversations from church leaders and church attenders alike, that we are too frequently proud and defiant, not willing or ready to submit to any authority.
We do not want to receive correction or be called out regarding sin in our lives. Often when rebuked we either cry “You can’t judge me” and/or we leave the group we are a part of. We leave and throw rocks rather than humbly receive the rebuke, stay, and mature in our faith.
This is sad in light of what Jesus said:
the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:1-4 NIV)
This is certainly not to say that every rebuke is right neither is it to say that there are not times when false and erroneous judgment is passed. Instances of this have been well documented.
This post is simply to say that there seems to be a tendency towards pridefulness and a lack of humility in the church these days.
I wonder what we are missing out on because of our resistance to correction and our refusal to submit to spiritual authority?
2 thoughts on “We may be too proud”
“For the Word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Pastor Paul, Perhaps this could have something to do with it.
I agree with your comment. Most of us wrestle with pride every day. Generally speaking, I can accept a rebuke from a person who I believe has my best interests at heart; a person who genuinely cares for my well-being and who desires the best for me. And when I find myself rebuking someone else, I will first ask myself if I’m coming from a place within my own heart that genuinely has that person’s best interests at heart; because I know my heart can be deceiving.