In the world but not of it

July 20, 2010

False sense of security…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:1

Indictment, scandal, fraud, harassment, exploitation…you’d think these words belong in a spy or espionage movie yet they describe recent news in the world.

These terms and many other similar ones have been used to tell the story of certain people who run very successful and wealthy organizations and who decided that their wealth and standing in the business community was an impregnable security blanket, allowing them to cross any line and commit any act no matter how unethical or immoral it was.

It doesn’t take for a person to begin believing that they are above others. These people believe their own press-clippings and their pride and confidence have now exposed them. All that they esteemed so highly is about to be taken away. It is the fulfillment of Ecclesiastes 2:26 “God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him”.

In God’s universe there are natural laws. These go beyond the Christian and are laws that God has embedded into His creation and in life. One such law in the context of what we are discussing is found in Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”.

Let us also be cautious since we can fall into the same trap. We need God’s wisdom to live and we need to understand that pride not only leads to disgrace but can have enormous ramifications on people we may not even know.

“If we do not know ourselves to be full of pride, ambition, lust, weakness, misery, and injustice, we are indeed blind. And if, knowing this, we do not desire deliverance, what can we say of a man…?” Pascal


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