Should We Celebrate Pride?

 “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.”

Proverbs 16:18 LSB

Pride and haughtiness are characteristics of the age we live in. Being proud is looked at 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 oftentimes forget that it was God who gave us the abilities we have to accomplish things. We have turned pride on its head, we have 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, they even worshipped other gods multiple times throughout the Scripture. They forgot that God was giving them 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, it causes us to exalt ourselves. Matthew 23:12 LSB “And 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 judgement coming. 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, and that is what 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 you consider God’s covenant with Noah. Media will shove the LGBTQIA++ agenda down our throats more than usual, but God will have the last word.

2 Peter 3:5-13 LSB “For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being deluged with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some consider slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be found out. 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens burning will be destroyed, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.”

Homosexuality is not something that should be celebrated, 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, 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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