While so many of us cling to the Apostle Paul's example and teaching, others are repelled by him and label him as a self-contradicting, hypocritical deceiver. Who is right?
What examples can we find in the scriptures of both arrogance and it's remedy? What other kinds of arrogance are there for leaders as well as a more secret and insidious arrogance within ourselves? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
Are some transgressions worse than others? Can we find solace in the thought that “at least my sins are not as bad as that guy over there!” Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Sin is like a dessert buffet line. As you pass by you can’t help but notice the variety and the aromas, and it makes you just want to indulge...all the while knowing you just need to keep on walking. But is all sin bad? Are some worse than others? How can we redirect away from its pitfalls?
Last week we began our conversation by saying that pride can be a tricky thing and prejudice can be an awful thing. We focused our attention on the pride side of the matter and its insidious way of taking over our lives. Now it’s time to talk about prejudice, and this is a hard conversation to have. For most of us, we can observe what we think is prejudice in others. We see a skewed view on some group or approach and we think about how unfortunate it is and wonder why they cannot see a bigger picture. Well, the bigger picture begins with these questions: How prejudiced am I in my view of the world and of others approach? Am I willing and able to recognize prejudice in my own thinking, and when I see it am I willing to attack it with the same passion that I feel about the prejudice of others? Prejudice needs attention and eradication, no matter where it’s found. How do we do that?
Pride can be a tricky thing and prejudice can be an awful thing. Let’s focus on pride right now. On the one hand we are told to take pride in our work – well, at least when I was a kid that’s what I was told! We want to be proud of our children and to be proud of our country. We want to take pride in the things we own and we want to leave a legacy that we can be proud of. So, pride is good! Well, on the other hand, we can see how pride comes before destruction, how pride can skew our view of others and how pride creates temptation to be dishonest. We can see pride becoming obsession, and we can see how pride can create a lack of trust in others, a lack of compassion for others and a lack of credit to others. So, pride is bad! Obviously this is a subject that needs not only clear definitions but clear principles to establish clear thinking. There is only one solution – let’s see what the Bible says!
Here’s a question for you – what do Ben Franklin, Gandalf from “Lord of the Rings,” King Solomon and Master Yoda from “Star Wars” all have in common? The answer is WISDOM, and the wisdom each possessed separated them from the crowd. Wisdom gave them each respect, credibility and significance in the context of their lives, and it was wisdom that made them leaders. So, whether its in a fictional character or not, wisdom is a prevailing characteristic in life. Kinda makes you want to have some, doesn’t it? On this podcast we examine wisdom, what its foundations are and how we can have it better rule our lives.