Saturday, January 24, 2009

Boastfully humble or humbly boastful?

July 2008: Obama's prayer at Jerusalem Western Wall:

"Lord – Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will."

January 2009:
Doris Kearns Goodwin told the audience Obama said to her in 2007 he’s not getting the presidency to be Millard Fillmore, but to be great like Lincoln.

In the end of days, "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, "
2TI 3:2

January 23, 2009:
Obama left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3

"In 1621, Robert Burton wrote in his The Anatomy of Melancholy, "They are proud in humility; proud in that they are not proud." How carnal men are to twist virtue into sin! It is enough to make us suspicious when we come across a "humble" person."

"We have undoubtedly crossed paths with those who were so proud that they oozed with false humility. Many religious leaders in the world today openly appear this way, as they wax eloquent on their televised evangelical programs. Authors have written dozens of books and Hollywood has produced many movies to expose the hypocrisy of such individuals."

"Uncountable numbers of both religious and secular leaders have risen to power on the banner of humility. Feigning an image of heartfelt concern for those who can help place them in the limelight, they glow with an air of counterfeit humility. Eventually, this hypocritical image always becomes apparent, just as our sins expose us in due time (Numbers 32:23). The sin of pride is no different."

"Of the many things that people have written on humility, as much as one-third refers to false humility. For instance, the French moralist La Rochefoucald wrote in Maxims in 1665: "Humility is often only feigned submission which people use to render others submissive. It is a subterfuge of pride which lowers itself in order to rise."

Boast only in the cross! Obama may be boasting "I won" but he has really lost, because he "has his reward already. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven...for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." And now we know where Obama's treasure is.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I went to service on Sunday and heard the best sermon topic:

I don't go to church because it is filled with hypocrites.

I am sure everyone has heard that before. Guess what? Churches are filled with hypocrites! We are all sinners. We all fall short again and again and that's why we go to church. We want to do better!

The pastor talked about how people say that only to cop out from going.