Look! This was the sin of your sister Sodom and her daughters: Pride, too much food, undisturbed peace, and failure to help the poor and needy. In their arrogance, they committed detestable practices in my presence, so when I saw it, I removed them.
Hebrew Book of Ezekiel Chapter 16 verse 49 and 50 IS1
Brown Pride….White Pride….Black Pride….Gay Pride….Irish Pride…Italian Pride etc..
We are inundated in social media with these word pictures. If you are brown, then you’re proud. If you are gay, then you are proud. No one has ever thought of what the actual word means. Per the modern English and Google search:
prīd/ Noun 1.a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired.2
But the meaning pride in the Bible is different:
I ponder why modern men use certain words. I love language and observe its usage.
When I hear a dad say that he is very proud of his son’s athleticism or a mom saying that she is very proud of her daughter’s academics, I listen for their musical tones. What I mean by this is, the way a person says certain things will tell you if they are honored to be the parents of the child they are speaking about or if they are just boasting about their kids.
I once heard a dad whisper how incredibly patient his son was and that he wished he had this amazing gift. I saw his eyes and heard his tone. He was humbled by his son’s ability to take on the world with a handicap. At that moment I was both proud and humbled by the kid. You see, this is an excellent example of what being proud of a gift means. There is nothing wrong with this.
Every parent or grandparent should be humbled, honored and proud of their kids or grandkids. Because God has given us the honor of humbly teaching our children to excel in everything they set out to do. Why? Because we are to be a sweet-smelling aroma to the world and not a smelly mess of brown garbage…
“Without Pride, division has no foothold”
As a pastor dealing with kids from newborns to the 85-year-olds, I have seen the opposite and uglier side of pride.
The opposite end of the picture are parents who are constantly saying how proud their kids are doing, and they let you know that they are better than so and so and that the coaches or teachers or instructors are keeping their kids down. They use words to explain that people are jealous or stunting their child’s growth in this sport or that class. These same parents are heard telling their children’s mentors this, “How dare you speak to my daughter this way! Or, “Who do you think you are? No one corrects my child except me!”
If we were to fast-forward in time and see these same kids who grow up listening to what their parents were erroneously engraving in their minds, we would see that they have grown up with an arrogant pride of self which will become their destruction and their fall. Sure, they may be successful in achieving what they want, but it will be a lonely road for them. Why? Because they never learned to be team players.
The Bible says,” Pride comes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall 4.
We are now seeing the effect of parents who over coddled and protected their children from any and all people. Even those souls who had the best intentions of coaching, mentoring and teaching their kids to respect others, work hard for whatever they set their minds to, overcome life hurdles by not giving up or giving into quitting, and above all else, to seek God’s salvation and guidance in their lives.
It’s never too late for your children. Parents, please don’t let your kids grow up with the wrong kind of pride. Let them know to humble themselves in all they do. To ask God to help them with their weaknesses 5. You see, when we come to God in weakness, on our knees and brokenness, He makes us strong. He exalts us and gives us the strength to conquer whatever He calls us to do.
This is real power. Not in Brown pride or White Pride or any other kind of pride that lifts one group up and tears down others who are not like them.
Parents, teach your kids that there is only one kind of power. It is the power of Christ. In His power alone we stand humbly and powerfully. Because we stand on the right foundation. Not our own but on the Rock’s.
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