Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Get Over Yourselves

For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. (Titus 1:7-8)

Frequently, the priestly office and Levitical rank are a cause of pride for one who does not know how to hold an ecclesiastical position of honor. How many, after being made elders, have forgotten humility! It is as though they were ordained specifically in order to stop being humble. Indeed, they ought to have pursued humility more, because they had acquired a position of honor—as Scripture says, “The greater you are, the more you should humble yourself.”* And it is the assembly that chooses you; lower your head more humbly. They have made you a leader; do not be puffed up. Be among them like on of themselves. It is fitting to be humble, fitting to be lowly, fitting to flee from pride, the chief of all evils. Examine the Gospel: See with what kind of condemnation the Pharisee’s pride and boasting are attacked. “The Pharisee was standing and praying as follows within himself‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, wicked people, adulterers, and even like this tax collector; I fast twice a week.’” But the tax collector, on the other hand, standing humbly and quietly at a great distance, “did not even dare raise his eyes…and he was saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner.’” And the tax collector “went down to his home justified.’”†

Origen of Alexandria: Exegetical Works on Ezekiel, 9.2.3

* Sirach 3:18. Note that the early fathers had differing views on the status of apocryphal works in relation to the 66 books which were generally accepted and officially recognized at Nicaea.
† Luke 18:11-14.


Anonymous said...

It's just human nature, Steve...

Also, you know that religion is myth, right? And you know that religion is the source of most of the evil and hatred in this world, too, right?

I guess: If you need it as a crutch... go for it? But if you start wanting to hate ... maybe you should mellow it out a bit.

None of it is true beyond the film of historical truth contained in the magic books.

You and a lot of people waste a lot of time and energy on them... just don't make the people hate, okay? Don't hate anyone -- hate war and stuff like that. Don't hate other religions and their followers... they are just like you: born into it. You would be muslim if you were born into that world.

Doesn't the random happenstance of your belief sort of tell you something? It wouldn't be like that if any of it was true at all and you know it.

Just don't hate or cause people to hate.

Steve Bricker said...

Actually, it's not human nature as it was designed. Pride came later when sin entered the world through Adam.

As to your aversion to religion: mythical content depends on which religion you are considering. Since Christianity is true and verifiable, you must be speaking of another.

Also, you have characterized (or caricatured) all religions as war-like. This is not so. Christians are called to live peaceably with all men and do good for them.

Lastly, I hope Pearson is treating you well. I know many have lost their positions in the reorganization.