Monday, February 25, 2013

Arrogance


In today’s world, it does not take much awareness to see that many in power exhibit behavior and attitudes that are arrogant. The downside of this is that arrogance may be equated to deceit, wickedness, presumptuous and exaggerated pride and, even worse, actual evil.
Many people seemed enthralled by evil and regularly view its portrayal in TV drama. Few realize that repeated or regular watching of such programming is actually desensitizing them to the dark side of evil. Popular themes include vampires, zombies, and overt evil perpetrated by the characters in the dramas.
There seems something compelling and exciting about allowing ourselves to be frightened by horror. Ghost stories in the woods during a campout; the Twilight series of movies; TV series like the Munster Family with their lovable monster characters and whimsical behaviors; portrayals of witches and goblins in television series like Grimm act to desensitize viewers to the underlying evil portrayed in so entertaining a manner.
Movies showing violence for violence sake likewise serve to gradually wear down the natural intolerance for evil and replace it with an enlightened tolerance for evil. It is rare to find Hollywood movies showing violence in a context of good overcoming evil.
The world today stands in opposition to the story of God’s goodness. Believers are mocked and portrayed as weak human beings who just want to spoil the fun of the masses.
There are forces behind the evil that seek to destroy the creation of God. The apostle Paul exhorted the young church in Ephesus that they must remain aware of the source of the enemy behaviors and equip themselves to counter them:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints (Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV).
Paul clearly identified the enemy as “against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” He stated that the battle is not simply against human enemies, but, underneath it all, the “powers of this dark world.” These powers have seduced ignorant and corrupt people to accomplish their dark goals.
The seduced ignorant, corrupt people display arrogance, unjustified pride, boastfulness, and wickedness that results in the manifest evil that is increasingly revealing itself today in global initiatives: population control, global warming illusions, necessity of disarming responsible citizens, and irresponsible economic controls.
Scripture reveals the truth:
Psalm 73:1-28
  • Arrogance is wicked.
  • The wicked may prosper for a time.
  • The hearts of the wicked are callous.
  • Their minds issue forth evil conceits.
  • The wicked are scoffers, speaking with malice.
  • They are blasphemous.

Psalm 75:1-10
  • The wicked are boastful.
  • They speak with overweening pride and arrogance.
  • God will judge and rectify the sins of the wicked and arrogant.

Psalm 86:11-17
  • The arrogant are ruthless (without mercy or compassion).
  • God will give us strength to withstand the wicked.

Psalm 94:1-23
  • Evildoers are full of boasting.
  • Evildoers pour out arrogant words.
  • Yet God sees and will punish the evildoers.
  • God brings consolation to His followers.
  • God will destroy the wicked for their arrogance and wickedness.

Psalm 119:17-24 (Gimel section)
  • God rebukes the arrogant who are cursed and stray from His command.

Psalm 119:49-56 (Zayin section)
  • The arrogant mock without restraint.
  • The arrogant turn from God’s laws.

Psalm 119:65-72 (Teth section)
  • The arrogant smear believers with lies.
  • The hearts of the arrogant are callous and unfeeling.

Psalm 119:73-80 (Yodh section)
  • The arrogant will be put to shame.

Psalm 119:81-88 (Kaph section)
  • The arrogant dig pitfalls to cause the righteous to stumble and fall.
  • The arrogant persecute believers without cause.
  • The arrogant try to remove believers from the earth.

Psalm 119:121-128 (Ayin section)
  • The arrogant oppress believers.

Psalm 123:1-4
  • The arrogant ridicule believers.
  • The arrogant are contemptuous.

Proverbs 17:7
  • Arrogance is unsuitable to fools.
  • Lying lips in a leader is worse than arrogance.

Proverbs 21:20-31
  • The arrogant are proud and mock righteousness.
  • Liars will perish.
  • Whoever listens to a liar will be destroyed.
  • Wicked people put up a bold front, but will not succeed.
  • Victory rests with the Lord.

Isaiah 2:2-11
  • In the last days, arrogant people and the proud will be brought low (humbled).

Romans 1:18-20, 28-32
  • God’s wrath will be revealed against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness
  • The wicked are full of envy and murder.
  • The wicked are full of strife, deceit and malice.
  • The wicked gossip and slander.
  • The wicked are God-haters.
  • The wicked are insolent, arrogant and boastful.
  • The wicked invent ways to do evil.
  • The wicked are senseless, faithless, heartless and ruthless.
  • The wicked know, but refuse to follow God’s decrees.
  • The wicked continue in their sin and cheer on those who do likewise.

Romans 11:17-21 (Cautionary word to Christians)
  • Avoid arrogance.

1 Corinthians 4:18-21
  • The arrogant are powerless, but refuse to stop talking about their use of power.

1 Timothy 6:17
  • Do not be arrogant.
  • Do not put your hope in wealth, but in God.

2 Peter 2:1-21
  • The arrogant slander heavenly things.
  • The arrogant are like brute beasts that will ultimately perish.
  • The arrogant are a disease upon mankind.
  • The arrogant never stop sinning.
  • The arrogant seduce the unstable.
  • The arrogant are experts in greed.
  • The arrogant have left the straight way of righteousness.
  • The arrogant mouth empty, boastful words.
  • The arrogant appeal to the lustful desires of sinful human nature.
  • The arrogant entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.
  • While being slaves of depravity, they promise false freedom.

Summary
arrogance — wickedness — evil — pride — boastfulness
These attitudes or behaviors are inextricably linked. God does not honor those who exhibit these characteristics. Dire consequences await those who continue to behave or think in these ways.
Christian believers and people of principle and moral and ethical integrity must recognize the truth set forth in scripture and be prepared to strive against the evil that is being perpetrated. Ways we can strive include:
  • Making sure our lives conform to God’s instructions.
  • Keeping our lives righteous as best we are able.
  • Holding our governmental representatives accountable.
  • Preparing to resist tyranny.
  • Trust in the Lord and don’t try to reason it out.

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