i hate it when that happens
(or I hate it when that happens)

Luke 18:10-14 (NKJV):

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the publican (aka tax collector) is something that many of us cling to. This world is lousy with Pharisees (particularly as described in this parable) and the advent of the blogosphere just gave them a bigger bully pulpit and a louder megaphone. Trying to disabuse readers of some of their silliness — more specifically, trying to help others avoid the pain brought to me by the Pharisees in my own life — is one of the primary reasons that I write.

Well, apparently, God deemed that I needed to be smacked right between the eyes last night. It occurred to me — rather jarringly — that I have been guilty of living as though the publican prayed:

‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this Pharisee.’

In short, I have been proud of my lack of pride. I’m not sure which this is more — stupid or shameful.

It’s all about humility.

I have a feeling that I’m not alone. I hope I am, but I kinda doubt it. If the shoe fits, your mileage may vary, etc, etc ….

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1   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I am filled with pride, and I am humbly proud to admit it. :cool:

(In fact, I am not sure I understand what Christian humility is apart from some lame definition that provides me with a platform for a detestible sermon.)

2   Pastorboy    http://crninfo.wordpress.com
May 13th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

“Lord, I thank thee I am not like those poor presumptuous Calvinists Lord, I was born with a glorious free-will; I was born with power by which I can turn to thee of myself; I have improved my grace. If everybody had done the same with their grace that I have, they might all have been saved. Lord, I know thou dost not make us willing if we are not willing ourselves. Thou givest grace to everybody; some do not improve it, but I do. There are many that will go to hell as much bought with the blood of Christ as I was; they had as much of the Holy Ghost given to them; they had as good a chance, and were as much blessed as I am. It was not thy grace that made us to differ; I know it did a great deal, still I turned the point; I made use of what was given me, and others did not-that is the difference between me and them.”

~Charles Haddon Spurgeon~

3   Nathanael    http://www.borrowedbreath.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Guilty as charged.

4   Brendt Waters    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 13th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

I’ll riff off Rick’s comment and quote Warnke (who only he and I seem to remember):

They gave me a “humble” button once. But then they had to take it away because I wore it.

5   Brendt Waters    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 13th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I’m trying so hard not be proud of the fact that I don’t take someone else’s confession and use it to beat my own tired drum.

6   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

A Mike Warnke sighting! I feel like I am in Mr. Peabody’s way-back machine.

7   Pastorboy    http://crninfo.wordpress.com
May 13th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

#2 this was Chas. Spurgeons interpretation of how an Arminian might pray if his prayers agreed with his theology. Arminians must be very proud indeed.

8   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

#7 – Exhibit #1 in authenticating the post. I am glad I am not like those awful Arminians – whoever they are.

9   Brendt Waters    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Whereas Calvinism and humility are practically synonymous?

10   Chris L    http://www.fishingtheabyss.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

#2 this was Chas. Spurgeons interpretation of how an Arminian might pray if his prayers agreed with his theology.

Rather than “interpretation”, it would be more accurate to say “projection”…

11   Brendt Waters    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Rick (#6), I just remember that the last time I referenced Warnke, you were the only one who acknowledged it. So that was our own little inside thing.

12   Brendt Waters    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Chris L (#10): Rather than “interpretation”, it would be more accurate to say “projection”…

Good analogy, considering the fact that the projector at my church died Sunday.

13   Brendt Waters    http://csaproductions.com/blog/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

I am mildly disappointed that no one commented on the picture. ;-)

14   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

This just in:

They have added Charles Spurgeon to the hall of presidents at Disneyworld. However, in view of Laura Bush’s pro-choice and pro-gay marriage views the Obama haters are in mourning.

For the record – Obama is pro-choice and anti-gay marriage which means he is more conservative than Mrs. Bush. Politics – ya gotta love it!

15   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

BTW – I thank God I am conservative and not like those disgusting socialist liberals!

16   Chris L    http://www.fishingtheabyss.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

#14: Well, if it was only abortion and gay marriage which defined “conservatism” (which has a spectrum of its own), you might have a point. But then again, if it rained cotton candy on Thursdays, I’d be getting a new dentist…

17   Rick Frueh    http://judahslion.blogspot.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Keep hangin’ on to your conservatism; it defines you.

18   Chris L    http://www.fishingtheabyss.com/
May 13th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Hate to tell you, Rick, but if I had to classify my political philosophy, it would be far closer to libertarian than conservative. And even so, I derive that choice from my reading of your hero, Paul…

19   Scotty    http://scottysplace-scotty.blogspot.com/
May 14th, 2010 at 8:48 am

I remember Mike Warnke well! He spoke at a church I was involved with at the time…..mid/late 70’s. I was the designated driver to pick him up at the airport.

20   Mike    
May 14th, 2010 at 11:50 am

yeah, I still have lots of his tapes and even went to a Mike Warnke concert/routine back in the day…

21   Phil Miller    http://pmwords.blogspot.com
May 14th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I remember listening to a Mike Warnke 8-track at my parents’ church. I don’t remember a whole lot from the routine, except his spiel about grinding up Tootsie Rolls and putting them in a snuff can.

22   nathan    
May 16th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

good to see you can always count on some things… ;)