Arrogance in the modern church

I honestly don’t know where to start. I’ve seen the narrative of people trying to justify their actions over, and over again. “God won’t let anything happen to us!” “God will protect his people.” “God’s got this.” Do you, by chance, recall the temptation of Jesus?

“Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you,” and “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”” Matthew 4:5-6

Do you know what Jesus said in response?

“Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Matthew 4:7

The point being illustrated here, to do something intentionally reckless, and to be arrogant enough to thump your chest and say “God won’t let anything happen to ME!” is a grave error to make. There is no guarantee of a happy, easy, prosperous life. The rain falls on the just, and the unjust alike.(Matt 5:45) Everyone is strutting around expecting earthly rewards from a celestial kingdom. Your reward for following Christ Jesus does not come in this world, but the world to come.

St. Paul was one of the most devout followers of Christ known to man. What happened to him? Beheaded. Did he pray that God would free him from prison? Did he laugh at the romans, and say God wouldn’t let anything happen to him? No! He didn’t run a race for a perishable wreath, but an imperishable one.(1Cor 9:24-25) What did Paul do? He sat in prison, continued to spread the gospel, and in the end? He fought the good fight, he finished the race, he kept the faith. He eagerly awaited what was in store for him.(2Tim 4:7-8)

You think this pandemic is God’s way of calling people to him? Great. Go with that. Do you know what one of the first things you have to learn in your walk with Christ is? Humility. You think standing on a street corner without a mask makes you righteous? To paraphrase what Paul said in his letter to the romans(1:22), you claim to be wise, but you have become fools. Some have said “God told me not to be afraid.” Really? How about you look up Matthew 7:15. If you are leading a church, you are supposed to be a shepherd leading people to salvation, not off of a cliff like a herd of pigs.

I will be the first to point out that a lot of the reports about this virus have been sensationalized, and the statistics aren’t as accurately measured as i would like. But, I have also watched it spread. Everyday affecting people closer and closer to me. Some have gotten better, some have died. Now it’s closer to home than ever before. It’s crouching at my door. I don’t want to see anyone else I care about die because of this virus. Everyday I wonder ‘What if X gets it?’ ‘What will happen if..’ ‘How do I keep everyone safe?’

This is no time for arrogance. Humble yourselves..

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