Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Living Spiritual Rhythms–January 28

Pride is considered by some Christians as the deadliest of sins. While this may be the case, the scenario needs to be nuanced. Perhaps, it would be better to consider inappropriate pride and appropriate pride? Here’s what I mean. Appropriate pride might be an expression of one accomplishing something and doing it well, whereas inappropriate pride would be making an idol of oneself and one’s achievements. No reason that I can see that God would have a problem with the former, while surely the latter would create difficulties. But that’s just the point. There is a former and a latter and the two can’t be fused into one. Pride, therefore, is not always deadly. A sense of appropriate pride, by contrast, has a valuable place in Christian thought and spirituality.