Should We Celebrate Pride?

 “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 16:18 TLV

Pride and haughtiness are characteristics of the age we live in; being proud is seen as a good thing, yet the Bible repeatedly condemns pride (Prov. 11:2, Js. 4:6, 1 Jn. 2:16, Prov. 16:5). We take pride in our accomplishments but often forget that God gave us the ability to accomplish things. We have turned pride on its head, forgotten God, and worse yet, people take pride in things God outright condemns.

In Deuteronomy 8:18, it says, “But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (NASB95). The Israelites constantly forgot God, and they even worshipped other gods multiple times throughout the Scripture. They forgot that God was giving them the power to make wealth. In our generation, this Scripture is used to prove that God wants you rich. In reality, that is a twisting of Scripture that proves a person to be greedy.

Pride causes us to forget God, and it causes us to exalt ourselves. Matthew 23:12 TLV “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.” When we forget God, we will be humbled, it may not come in the expected form, but there is a day of judgment coming. Therefore, we should examine our hearts while we still have time and repent of our pride.

Pride also causes us to think we know better than God. Pride causes those, especially the unconverted, to scoff and mock God, which we will see this month. It’s pride month, aptly named, if you think about it. Corporations are changing their social media logos to a rainbow, which is absolute blasphemy when considering God’s covenant with Noah. The media will shove the LGBTQIA++ agenda down our throats more than usual, but God will have the last word.

2 Peter 3:5-13 TLV “For in holding to this idea, it escapes their notice that the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God. Through these, the world of that time was destroyed by being flooded with water. But by the same word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire—kept until the Day of Judgment and the destruction of ungodly people. But don’t forget this one thing, loved ones, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some consider slowness. Rather, He is being patient toward you—not wanting anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. On that day the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the elements will melt and disintegrate, and the earth and everything done on it shall be exposed. 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what kind of people should you be? Live your lives in holiness and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God. In that day the heavens will be dissolved by fire, and the elements will melt in the intense heat. 13 But in keeping with His promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.”

Homosexuality is not something that should be celebrated because it is an abomination to God. It mocks His created order and perverts the natural use of man and woman. The world may celebrate pride, but the Church, the true Church that still believes in the authority, infallibility, and sufficiency of Scripture, should rise up in love for the homosexual community and call them to repentance. There may be new false theologies that say sin isn’t sin anymore, but the Word of God does not change, and neither does our mandate to call people to repentance. Don’t try to gain favor with the culture this month; stand fast on Biblical convictions, preach the gospel, and let Jesus draw men unto Himself.

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