PROUD OF JESUS Movement for PRIDE IN CHRIST!
– Be PROUD, not be ashamed of Christ. ( Whoever is ashamed.. Mark 8:38 ) – As the servants of God, it is the duty of all church leaders to awaken the believers with PRIDE IN CHRIST without which Glory to Christ is not possible. No one could maintain Catholic faith or claim to be a believer without PRIDE IN CHRIST.
Catholic leaders are being applauded for awakening the believers with PRIDE IN CHRIST which is one of the single most important things to be a believer.
To glorify the birth of Christ in a much more memorable way, “PROUD OF JESUS” publications authored by the world’s most admired church leaders will be made available for public view online in multiple languages to awaken the Christian world with the immense Biblical significance of PRIDE IN CHRIST.
Pope Francis is a prophetic, saintly and an evangelical “Pope of the poor.” FULL STOP!
– Paul speaks of healthy PRIDE we should have in ourselves and others (2 Cor 5:12; 7:4; 8:24; Gal 6:4) – PRIDE is holy and is not sinful as long as we ultimately acknowledge GOD in our boasting for what He has accomplished for us and through us. ( “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1Corinthians 1:31 )
PRIDE or PROUD is not a sin because Jesus never spoke in English against “PRIDE” or PROUD”!
…if you love Jesus!
– Can we ever be proud of anything? Sure, we can be proud to be called Sons of God. Saint Paul said, “Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God” and again, “Let him who boasts, boast of the Lord.” For it is not the man who commends himself that is accepted, but the man whom the Lord commends” (2 Cor 10:17- 18)
How many times per day do we see this emblazoned on the back of a car? “Proud to be Irish”. “Proud parent of an Honor Student”. I don’t remember seeing these “pride” signs until recent years, when there seems to be an epidemic of the need to tell other people that we are proud of something or someone. Is there anything wrong being PROUD of something or someone, or is it just a little bit silly?
Being proud of something doesn’t seem so bad. According to the dictionary, it can mean, “A sense of one’s own proper dignity or value; self-respect”, or, “Pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement, a possession, or an association, as in parental pride”. If I work hard on my lawn, dig out all the weeds, and keep it cut so it looks like a golf course, don’t I have a right to be proud of my work?
The Church, however, considers pride one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Pride can also mean, “Arrogant or disdainful conduct or treatment; haughtiness” or, “An excessively high opinion of oneself; conceit”. God does not like this attitude; we read in Proverbs 8:13, “The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.”
So, PRIDE IN CHRIST is acceptable to all
The real problem with pride is that it gets in the way of our relationship with God, and in the extreme, destroys it altogether. We simply do not want to admit our weakness and acknowledge our sins, and acknowledge that without God’s grace and love we can do nothing to inherit eternal life.
Life has a way of teaching us to be humble. Proverbs 16:18 warns us that, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall”. Someone once told me that as you go through life, every time you start to believe that you are pretty special, something happens to show you that you are not. If you are a body builder, proud of your magnificent physique, think what you would be if you suddenly acquired Guillian-Barre Syndrome. You would very quickly be relegated to custodial care and a gruesome death. If you are very clever and a near genius, think what you will be like in your old age if you develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Saint Paul asks us, “What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?” (1 Cor 4:7) The proper attitude towards the abundant gifts of God that we have all received is humility and thanksgiving. Our Lord said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ” (Mt 5:3) The way to heaven is not to tell God how wonderful we are, but to tell Him what miserable sinners we are and thank Him for his abundant mercy.
Is that so difficult? You bet it is! But remember, sin has two dimensions, as Bishop Fulton Sheen explained, one that is the result of original sin, and the personal one. Temptation, in this case to be prideful, is inherent to us as fallen humans. There is no culpability for that. Acquiescing to that temptation, however, is manifest sin.
If we keep the eye on the prize, as they say in sports, if we look toward heaven instead of looking inward at ourselves, we will not fall for the temptation to think that the world revolves around us. As Saint Paul says, “Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. (Phil 2:5-11)
Jesus never wrote other than in the sand, yet His Words have brought life to billions.
Jesus was a model for social harmony. Jesus taught His followers to love enemies as God loves them. Teachings of Jesus are worthy of PRIDE and Glory.
“God, If I hurt others, give me the strength to apologize, if people hurt me, give me the strengthen to forgive!”