Pride sees people and God as things to use in service to selfish desires. The nature of pride is to consume. The more we feed any expression of pride, this appetite to consume increases and urges us into a growing reliance on selfishness. Pride always leads to more sin as we arrogantly think more of ourselves and less of God and his revealed Word. As outlined in Romans 1:21-26, when we reject God to sexually consume others for the benefit of self, we display unhinged pride masquerading as sexual sin.
Culture convinces us that pride is good and necessary to thriving in cooperative societies, because our proud behavior is congruent with the values of our society. These values offer an excessive preoccupation with self and one’s own importance, achievements, status, and possessions. Culture rationalizes the obsession to achieve competence and power, by the perceived assumption that expertise is a byproduct of displaying pride. It is self-focused and self-elevating. Culture instills a false sense of hope and encouragement by motivating others to marvel at, and emulate, prideful actions. Pride carries a pseudo-positive connotation of self-worth, self-respect, and self-confidence. Our culture erroneously professes that those who regularly experience pride tend to be outgoing, agreeable, and communally oriented. The problem with culture’s approach to pride is found in Genesis 3:5, we think we can be our own gods and do what is right in our own eyes, but the reality is that pride is the quintessential human sin. Pride is viewed as a great sin and rebellion against God because it presumes to possess excellence, honor, and glory that belong to God alone.
Proverbs 11:2 reminds us that pride leads to disgrace but with humility comes wisdom. Our purpose on earth is to reflect God in all that we say and do. It is our goal to be image-bearers of Christ! While God opposes the proud, he gives immense grace to the humble. Humility comes when we internalize the truth that nothing in the life of a Christian is to be about us. We put ourselves to the side, allowing the Glory of God to shine through us and point others back to Him.