Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

no room for humility

1/18/10

 

The conversion mentality which permeates much of so called Christianity leaves no room for the virtue of humility. Implicitly, if I am tasked by my belief system to convert you to my way of thinking, believing, seeking God, and worshipping, then you are inferior to me; and I must declare that superiority and persuade (or coerce) you to accept that reality. This is the basic fallacy of all religious/belief systems which practice conversion. Obviously, Christianity is not alone in this mindset. Our recent national history is intimately intertwined with another such belief system, and the consequences of that interaction should focus us on the effects of our own.

 

Try as one might to be a humble purveyor of a conversion message, the very fact that someone must be like me to be okay, just does not leave room for humility. This type message forces me to say that I am the standard of rightness, and you need to conform to me. Just mouthing trite expressions about how we are both just sinners but I have been saved by Grace doesn’t negate the superiority inherent in the role of instructor. If one doubts that the assumption of the role of leader and instructor promotes pride in the practitioners, then that one has not been a very keen observer of human behavior. Certainly, apart from the practice of religion, I doubt that many at all would argue with the intimate connection between pride and the feeling of a responsibility to lead and control. How could it be otherwise?

 

Perhaps ironically, humility can only exist along side a measure of uncertainty. To the extent I am certain of my own rightness and correctness, I cannot remain humble. Of course, we all desire to be absolutely certain that what we believe and practice is the right spiritual path. Maybe, what we all need to do is embrace and even relish the reality that God and His ways remain largely mysterious to us despite our deep longing to know Him and them intimately.