“His enemies would go blind from overexposure
Ever feel like that? Like your awesomeness is just blinding? Apparently a lot of folks do. How do I know?
Just look at social media and the new word “selfie”. I don’t mean someone’s profile picture. You kind of have to have that. I don’t mean a picture of someone playing ball, or with a friend, or doing something. I mean the page after page after PAGE of a person’s face:
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“Here’s me happy. Here’s me sad. Here’s me pouting. Here’s me drowsy. Here’s me with my hair playfully tousled. Here’s me contemplative. Here’s me with one eye open. Here’s me biting my lip. Here’s my lip bleeding because I bit too hard. Here’s me cute. Here’s me cute. Here’s me cute. Here’s me cute. Look away! Or you will be blinded by my pure selfie awesomeness!”
But God is at war with the proud. James 4:6
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Kim Kardashian has a new book. About herself. Called “Selfish”. Purportedly with 1200 selfies.
But God is at war with pride.
There’s another woman – in Thailand – 12,000 selfies, making her the selfie queen of the universe (according to Time Magazine). A reporter trying to contact her asked a family member “why so many selfies?”. The answer? It’s “quite personal.” That makes me laugh a little. Not sure what’s personal about flashing your mug all over the planet 12,000 times.
We have “gay pride” parades. Interesting combination of words when you consider this undeniable truth of life:
God is at war with pride. In fact He loathes it. Prov. 8:13
I did a funeral for a family friend a few years back. One of those that you leave feeling good because the deceased was well loved and lived well.
Of course I wore a suit for the funeral (don’t get to wear one too often). And I’ve got to tell you a secret, OK? You can’t tell anyone! Promise? Here it is: I was styling! I felt good. Know why? Because in that suit I looked good! I looked like a million bucks. Maybe a billion!
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Did I mention I had a new phone? Which I didn’t know how to use? And set the ringer to the sound of an ambulance? Because everyone wants a ringer wailing away in their pocket like an ambulance, right? At least everyone that’s ridiculous.
No no no! My ambulance ringer goes off like WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (you have to imagine the up and down wailing of the ambulance sound) It sounded like an ambulance was tearing down the frozen food aisle!
The word pride or proud appears in the Bible over 100 times and is NEVER, EVER used in a favorable way. It is ALWAYS negative.
God is at war with pride.
God is opposed to the proud.
Embrace pride and you lose.
Bummer right? Wrong. The opposite of pride really is blinding awesomeness.
While God opposes pride, He is ridiculously extravagant with the humble. He exalts the humble (I Peter 5:6) and He lives with the lowly and revives the contrite and lifts their spirits (Isaiah 57:15). As opposed to the proud as God is, He is loving and extravagant with the humble.