The proud have a history of taking pride in their comfortable position. With confidence not an issue, this personality trait tends to blind individuals from the actual state of their soul. Consistent with first century Pharisees, these people ignore their own flaws, using comparison to enhance their self-esteem. If necessary, personal attacks are used, putting down lesser humans beings to protect their status in society, Romans 2:1.
Meanwhile, the insecure take the fall, allowing the elites to push them around. Unable to hide their emotions, depression, sadness and tears reveal the pain in their hearts. Call it being naive, yet faking their pitiful condition seems wrong. Thus, humility reigns, displaying true remorse for the sins they’ve committed and the idleness preventing change. Like tax collectors and prostitutes of the past, crowds flee, not wanting to be associated with those who have tarnished their reputations.
Not much has changed since Jesus first shared the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. Two thousand years later, a sequel is being played out with a different cast of characters. Most play the role of the older brother, yelling, “I told you so,” casting judgement on those caught in the act of sin. The less popular actor, stumbles and falls until they reach the bottom of the barrel. Unfortunately, it usually takes the pain of embarrassment to admit fault. May anyone struggling to find your way come to your senses soon so that true remorse will be rewarded by God’s forgiveness, grace and mercy.
by Jay Mankus