There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine that they are guilty themselves.
I have heard people admit that they are bad-tempered, or that they cannot keep their heads about girls or drink, or even that they are cowards. I do not think I have ever heard anyone who was not a Christian accuse himself of this vice. And at the same time I have very seldom met anyone, who was not a Christian, who showed the slightest mercy to it in others. There is no fault which makes a man more unpopular, and no fault which we are more unconscious of in ourselves. And the more we have it in ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. … The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit. … Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.
-C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
2 comments on “Monday Morning Munch No. 147 – The Anti-God State of Mind”
Very true. It is so difficult to reconcile extraordinary pride with being a follower of Christ. I get it if somebody is working on a personal issue of pride with God through progressive sanctification, but if somebody tries to integrate it with Christianity, they become what is a most terrifying and abominable spiritual state, unfortunately one that has become an epidemic. A Luke warm spiritual state that barely resembles the Gospel and is more about social standing at church and impressing the neighbors than anything to do with relationship with Jesus.
Yes. Yes. Yes.