II Samuel 13 – I Kings 1
“The stone that sits up on the very top
of the mountain’s mighty face
doesn’t think it’s more important
than the stones that forms the base”
The Prince of Egypt, Through Heaven’s Eyes
There is a sect of Christians that lean on the doctrine of sincerity. This doctrine isn’t generally preached; it’s a thought that goes through one’s mind in the course of daily events. The doctrine goes along these lines: as long as I am sincere and humble about my regret over my sin, God will always forgive me. However, a sinister thought one mutters after this, “therefore, I can continue to sin.”
Sometimes we get arrogant about our humility in God and deceive ourselves into believing our humility gives us allowance to sin. A thought that “so long as we are sincere and acknowledge that we sin God will show mercy on us, therefore we can continue to sin. We can’t help our nature, so the best we can do is acknowledge its existence and proceed.” God does not accept man’s nature as an excuse to continue sinning. God does seek remorse, but also repentance because the price for forgiveness was God’s blood.
Arrogance in Humility
There is a deep seeded temptation we encounter. The temptation of valuing ourselves over someone else because we embrace character traits God favors. “We are better than others because we are more humble than others” is the general idea. Our Lord warns against this when he tells the story of the two men who go to pray at the temple, “The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.'”
Lest we forget where we come from? A slave to our desires, like a dog living our days in between meals. We don’t get to celebrate our humility or think ourselves better than others because of it. It is the very fact we are God’s chosen that we should be even more humble.
One issue I have with modern day churches is how pastors carry themselves as the pinnacle of their church, and their congregation exalts their pastor in kind. “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted,” pastors should carry themselves as the least among their church. Our Lord Himself washed the feet of His disciples; I don’t imagine many pastors willing to wash their followers’ feet.
All this to say we must stay alert even though we have fellowship God. Our desires are not His desire, and when we conflate the two, our humility becomes prideful arrogance because we have assured ourselves what we want is what God wants for us also. God seeks to break us and rebuild us; let’s not hold on to the pieces God wants to be thrown out.