Pride
by Kenny Gardner

Here’s some quotes and some passages on pride I’ve collected over the years:

The atheist Fredrich Nietzsche is reported to have asked,” If there were gods, how could I endure it to not be a god?” He refused to believe there is a God because he refused to believe there was anyone greater than himself.

From Paul Harvey:

Our For What It’s Worth Department overhears an exchange of words—on an airliner between Chicago and Las Vegas.

Muhammad Ali was a passenger.

Confronted by a flight attendant who said he would have to fasten his seat belt…

Muhammad Ali replied, “Superman don’t need no seat belt.”

To which she, the flight attendant, replied—sweetly—“Superman don’t need no airplane

In an interview with Ladies’ Home Journal, Joan Kennedy said this of herself:

I have talent. I know I’m smart. I got straight A’s in graduate school. I’ve still got my looks, I know I’ve got all these terrific things going for me. I mean… [expletive deleted—KG] you’re talking to one of the most fascinating women in this country.

Her bragging reminds me of a quote: “The steam that blows the whistle is not the steam that pulls the train.”

Which reminds me of a passage in Proverbs: “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips” (Prov. 27:2 ESV). Someone has said, “The hardest secret to keep is your opinion of yourself.”

I’ve read that George Armstrong Custer felt that one more military victory would help get him nominated for president. His end was not unlike that of King Herod, who must have smiled when the people of Tyre and Sidon, after listening to his speech, shouted, “It is the voice of a god, and not of a man!” (Acts 12:22). Luke informs us that an angel of the Lord “immediately” killed him “because he did not give glory to God” (Acts 12:23).

The car-salesman-turned-motivator, Joe Girard, who wrote the book, How to Sell Yourself, and who is the “World’s Greatest Salesman,” according to the Guinness Book of World Records, wears a pin that says, “No. 1.” When asked to explain the pin, he replied, “I am sold on myself and that pin says so out loud. It means I’m the number-one person in my life.” He went on to say, “I don’t mean that in a selfish or egotistical way.” Then how does he mean it?

Job told his three accuser-friends that many wicked people feel no need for God:

Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, For we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’ Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand” (Prov. 21:14-16 NKJ).

According to one paraphrase, the wicked think they are successful without God; they said to Him: “Leave us alone! Don't bother us with your teachings. What do we gain from praying and worshiping you? We succeeded all on our own” (CEV).

Finally, consider Proverbs 28:11: “A rich man may be wise in his own eyes, but a poor man who has discernment sees through him” (NIV).