Idolatry and Pride

Brennan ManningPride is conceit, arrogance, an inflated opinion of one’s own importance, power and ability. It fosters the idea that we’re self-sufficient and don’t need anyone. It’s idolatry at the altar of self. We have lost intimacy with God and found self as a replacement and we are broken because of it. Some are blatant, some are veiled, but all have fallen at the altar of “Almighty Me”. For some, there’s a swagger, even an air of superiority, a win-at-any-cost determination, a pursuit of glory, power, and control over people, especially those they are prejudiced against. It nauseates us. Others are veiled in their idolatrous pride, obsessed with physical attractiveness, wealth, knowledge, and social status. Says Brennan Manning “Honesty requires the truthfulness to admit the attachment and addictions that control our attention, dominate our consciousness, and function as false gods. I can be addicted to vodka or to being nice, to marijuana or being loved, to cocaine or being right, to gambling or relationships, to golf or gossiping. Perhaps my addiction is food, performance, money, popularity, power, revenge, reading, television, tobacco, weight, or winning. When we give anything more priority than we give to God, we commit idolatry (84).” Whether blatant or veiled, either way, our hearts are broken by our wounded self. And part of the tyranny of sin is that we’re blind to all of it.

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