I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that arrogant statement. “I’ll have all the sex I want and not get pregnant. That only happens to irresponsible people who don’t take precautions.” “I’ll never get an STD!” “I can hold my liquor, so I would NEVER get in an accident and kill somebody.” I’m sure you’ve heard it all.
It happens in religious circles too. I worked with a pastor once who made the statement to me that any pastor who got fired from a church obviously did something wrong and led me to believe he had all the answers, so it would never happen to him. I can tell you that many godly men are fired from churches constantly over stupid things like not visiting enough (what is enough? Daily isn’t enough for some people.), using too much Scripture in sermons (imagine a preacher using the Bible when he preaches?), or even being sick. One pastor was fired because he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. When he got out of the hospital, the church demanded he get out of the parsonage. But things like that would never happen to you, right?
This sickening mentality goes all the way back to the Bible. The problem was that this mentality was not from unbelievers. They were too excited about the change Jesus made in their life. It came from the religious crowd, and Jesus never took it sitting down. If you ever wonder why I blog the way I do, it’s because “religious” people need to quit their whining and hypocrisy. They’ll lie and tell you they don’t drink and then drive 45 miles out of town to go to an ABC store where they think no one will see them. They’ll tell you all the things that do and don’t do, thinking that will somehow impress you. The truth is that it makes God sick. They look down upon addicts and blame the parents for not raising their children right until it happens to one of their kids. But that will never happen to you, right?WRONG!
We are all prone to experience the worst of things. The ones who look down on me as a divorced and remarried minister could easily experience what I did. I see the same patterns in their marriage. But I won’t be the one saying, “I told you so.” I’ll be the guy who knows the pain and will be there. I hope that, by God’s grace, I won’t be a part of the glorious gossip group who speaks against these two whose marriage was devoured by the enemy.
Don’t let arrogance and pride dupe you into thinking you’re above that. Quit strutting around like “Holy Harry” and carry around a humble spirit. That could be you experiencing the most hellacious event of your life. Remember that!