What do you call it when you are 100% wrong yet you refuse to admit it? The Bible calls that a sin…the sin of pride. Pride is one of the most discussed sins in the Scriptures. There are literally hundreds of warnings about pride and arrogance, for God knew that such an attitude leads men away from Him.
I was thinking about pride this week when I saw the United States Senate vote on defunding Planned Parenthood. 46 members of the Senate voted to continue to take your tax dollars and give them to an organization that slaughters the unborn. Even with the undercover videos that have surfaced in the past weeks that show, without question, that leaders of Planned Parenthood are breaking federal law by selling baby parts to the highest bidders. Have we turned into Nazi Germany? Are we so morally bankrupt that 46 out of 100 Senators support this?
Yet despite the horrors of what Planned Parenthood does; despite the irrefutable evidence that they are breaking the law; even with the unquestionable truth that we are literally committing genocide in our country, 46 members of the Senate voted to continue to support Planned Parenthood and the President vowed to veto any effort to defund the organization. Now, you can make the argument that this all politics and, of course, that is partially true. Those politicians likely receive enormous campaign contributions from those who support the murder of the unborn. However, how can anyone watch these videos of harvested parts that were once unborn babies with beating hearts and unique DNA and think that such a practice is acceptable? How much money does it take to buy approval of such evil? What do you call it when you are confronted with clear evidence that you are 100% wrong about something yet you refuse to admit it? Pride.
In Mark 6 we read of a birthday party that King Herod Antipas threw for himself and he invited all of the high officers and political bigwigs of Galilee to attend. In the course of the evening, Herod’s stepdaughter came in and danced for his guests. The dance was like what would be done by a stripper today. So inflamed with wine and lust, Herod told the girl that he would give her anything she desired, up to half of his kingdom. Unsure as to what to ask for, she sought her mother Herodias’ advice. Herodias told her to ask for the head of John the baptizer.
Mark 6:20 tells us that Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. However, now Herod was in a predicament. He liked John. He knew John was a good man. [B]ut because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison. (Mark 6:26,27, ESV). Herod knew what he did was 100% wrong. There was no justifying it whatsoever. Yet rather than admit his mistake and do the right thing, his pride caused him to kill an innocent man.
Pride deceives us (Galatians 6:3). Pride is an abomination before the Lord (Proverbs 16:5). It leads us to destruction (Proverbs 16:18). God opposes those who are full of it (James 4:6). Pride leads us to the gates of hell and God’s people must flee from it.
James tell us that rather than allow ourselves to be full of pride, we are to humble ourselves before the Lord and He will lift us up (James 4:10). To humble yourself means to admit you’re wrong. Christians must not allow our pride to lead us to conforming to the ways of the world, but rather we must stand strong and speak loud against the evil that is in our land.
Some may call it politics. Some may make all kinds of excuses and do their best to deflect the narrative. But wrong is always wrong and evil is always evil. To fail to admit the truth is to accept what is sinful. As Isaiah wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” (Isaiah 5:20).
Our country and our government have become corrupt and evil. Now, more than ever, God’s people must cry out in the wilderness of darkness in which we live, “Make straight the way of the Lord!”