I’m not one to wear bling, yet there is something invisible beyond the gold chains adorned by celebrities and stars. Beneath the surface, a powerful spirit has risen up, taking hold of human hearts. Although disguised by many characters and personalities, the necklace called pride is real.
According to an eyewitness known as Asaph, the arrogant proudly display this attribute, Psalm 73:6. Pride is like a confidence that gets out of control, leading to cockiness, conceit and diarrhea of the mouth. This necklace is contagious, spreading to the heart, mind and soul. If left on, side affects could lead to diabolical pride according to C.S. Lewis, permanent blinding one’s perspective of truth.
As the gang culture increases, energized by rap music, the decay of families and morality on the decline, pride is the new source of power. Just as Naturalism replaced Theism during the Renaissance, pride has surpassed faith in modern circles. Attitude, behavior and words are being swayed daily from necks full of pride. May the words of Proverbs 15:31-33 unlock the chains of pride holding individuals back from God. In time, may the promise of Proverbs 11:2 use disgrace as a vehicle for change.
by Jay Mankus