Pride is manifested primarily through comparison and competition. Man, even alone, likes to make his boast before God. But when you put that same fallen man in the midst of other fallen men, the great race to glory is set underway. C.S. Lewis made this assessment years ago, “We say that people are proud of being rich, or clever, or good-looking, but they are not. They are proud of being richer, or cleverer, or better-looking than others. Nearly all those evils which people put down to greed or selfishness are really far more the result of pride.”
Consider the fall of Satan; he was not cast out of heaven alone. He amassed a following, a pledged-allegiance of wicked angels who were compelled by his pervasive, wicked, prideful heart. He was not content to sit upon the throne of God, he longed for adoration.
At the core of every prideful act is the need to be praised. Therefore, we place ourselves in competitive scenarios so that when we win, we win with the hopes of receiving glory. Pride is not content with having something; its contentment is based upon having more than the next fellow. Tom Marshall writes, “The giveaway of pride is the effect it has on our view of other people and on our attitudes toward them. The attitude of pride is that if I am to be better, then the others have to be worse; if I am to be valuable, then the others have to be worthless; if I am to be superior, then the others have to be inferior.” Marshall’s words cut like a knife against the cancerous growth of pride.
Daily Reading: Romans 4-7
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