In 1912 the Titanic sailed from France for the United States. The renowned Olympic Class ship was on its maiden voyage with much fanfare, constructed as no other ship, unsinkable. However, we all know the story. The captain ignored the repeated warnings of icebergs in the area they were to sail. Some 1,500 passengers perished.
This week the maiden voyage of the Anthem of the Seas, larger and stronger than any other disregarded weather reports of hurricane force winds and headed straight into the storm. By the grace of God, no one perished. The passengers and crew were traumatized for hours until the Coast Guard brought rescue.
What is it about humans who say, “I can do this?” There are continuous stories of men and women thinking that they can handle it, whatever the challenge. The movie A Few Good Men tells the story of a Marine Colonel, Jack Nicholson, who was arrogant and prideful about his accomplishments and ability to coerce anyone to follow his commands, regardless of the danger. He famously told court-martial prosecutor, Actor Tom Cruise, “You can’t handle it,” speaking of the truth. The Colonel went down in trial.
In Proverbs 8:13 God said, “I hate pride and arrogance.” There are actually six things that God hates and He tells us in the Bible. Why? Because “Pride comes before destruction” (Proverbs 16:18). Solomon writes “Pride will bring him/her low” (Proverbs 29:23). The King Nebuchadnezzar was overthrown for pride. I once had a longtime friend tell me that I had once been very arrogant, but I had changed. I was thankful for the second phrase.
Why do people treat others badly? Often it is pride or arrogance that causes someone to think that they are better than others. This is a fatal flaw. In my book This is The Way; Walk in It I write about this character flaw as what not to do if we wish to walk in God’s ways. It seems to me that we are not only in a selfish generation we are also in one where people have pride for behaviors that are not pleasing to God. Our country was founded on Judeo-Christians principles. Whether a leader tells us that this does not matter, we must be obedient to God’s Word, not men’s. Don’t go down with the ship.