The Problem With Pride
Nik Crown, Director of Junior High
September 9, 2014
Pride is one of those things that we don’t like to talk about. Well, we do when it is about other people’s pride, or when we are talking about our own humility: “Man, I am so humble!” (See the irony here?).
But all jokes aside, pride causes serious problems in the church. In James 4:1-6, the people of the church are going nuts because of their pride problem. They are fighting with each other, being jealous of each other, and even murdering each other! In verse 6, the problem is identified as pride.
“But wait, how does pride cause murder or jealousy?” Murder (did you know that hate is in the same category? Take a look at 1 John 3:15) is like pointing your finger up at God and saying “HEY! You know this guy you made over here? Boy, what a mistake he was! I wish you never made him!” Jealousy comes from discontent and is like saying “God, you obviously don’t know my needs, because I need a lot more than you give me! So I’ll just take what I want, thank you very much.”
This prideful attitude affects our relationships with people because we want to believe that we are better than them somehow, and therefore have more rights than they do. This will ultimately affect our relationship with God because we will begin to think that we know more than He does. (Anyone guilty of this? I know I am.)
So how do we get rid of pride in our life? We have to accept Jesus. I know this is a classic church answer, but hear me out. Jesus is offering the gift of eternal life but the trick is that there is nothing we can do to earn it. All we can do is accept it. We can’t get to heaven under our own steam. This means that when we accept Jesus, we also have to accept that we can’t make it on our own, or in other words, we are not good enough. Once we realize that, it should change the way we interact with others and how we interact with our Creator.