PRIDE

Has ever a word’s meaning been so radically changed in our lifetime? The origin of the word in English is ‘pryde’ meaning to have excessive self-esteem, conceit and superiority. And such has been the meaning since the beginning of our language – until now. Whereas pride described sin, (it was one of the seven deadly sins) now in our culture it seems to be used to describe virtue and strength.

Almost all of the references in literature up to the year 200 clearly described pride as a sin. After the millennium the use of the word started to become more popular but in a completely different way. Now it is being used across the world in its new meaning of being proud of who you are, leaning towards arrogance, letting nobody challenge you. In the context of the ‘gay pride’ agenda the word is being promoted on countless news items, social media posts, advertisements, in bold colourful capital letters. There is little escape in our western culture.

In Scandinavia and the UK it has almost reached saturation point where pride is a cause for celebration in all walks of life. No other view of pride is likely to be tolerated. Two months of each year, February and June, are dedicated to PRIDE. The BBC online news appears to mention pride or related topics on average twice every day, 700 items every year.

If you are on social media you will not escape the logos of banks and shops and government offices recolouring their logos to promote pride. Challenge it if you dare, even mildly and you are likely to get a string of abuse in your inbox or messages. It is relentless.

In the Bible pride is referred to frequently from the fall of Satan to the coming of the antichrist. Where we see pride we see the work of the devil.  One of the Greek words means puffed up with haughtiness, to envelope in smoke. Looks down on others and treats them with contempt. This idea that pride is an illusion is clearly seen in demonstrations of pride today. There is clear contempt of any discussion or reasonable dialogue.

 

When pride comes, then comes shame  (Pr 11.2)

Pride goes before destruction  (Pr 16:8)

Pride surrounds them like a chain  (Psalm 73:6)

 

There is so much in the Bible that condemns pride at all levels. However, it cannot be ignored that being proud is often used in a positive way these days, being proud of your children, your company, even your congregation, but are we in danger of giving mixed messages if we are not cautious. In some modern Bible translations Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 1:14 are portrayed as “on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you”. All boasting and credit in our lives are directed towards God. He is the one we give the glory to, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 

If we are to resist the onslaught of the LGBT agenda to conquer our culture we must first of all stand against PRIDE and all of its dangers for the individual, the communities and our nation. Every time a post comes to me in the name of PRIDE or the rainbow colours I type the simple word HUMILITY as a response. You might try the same. You might also be surprised at the kickback you will get. 

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