How Hard It Is To Avoid Pride

Bishops in the early church were teachers. They oversaw a number of local gatherings of Christ followers. But they lived an “underground” existence, often in poverty, usually concerned about the whims of local political authorities.

Then Constantine declared Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. Soon, bishops had land, authority, prestige.

Almost immediately thereafter, politics merged with religion and there is a history of Christian leaders who had great and public problems with pride.

How hard it is to avoid pride when people all around you tell you how great you are, how smart you are, how powerful you are!

So it is today for leaders of the church at every level. They usually cease being teachers and assume the guise of rulers. Through laws and decrees they will force people to behave as they wish them to behave.

Power and flattery enter the heart, which soon becomes corrupted.

When I was hired as a magazine editor, the boss warned me to be careful. People would try to flatter me in order to get coverage. Don’t let it go to your head, she warned.

Many times I have run across people who on the surface don’t seem prideful, but soon this darker side is revealed.

Take a moment for gratitude daily, but also take a moment to remember humility.

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