FROM THE DESK OF THE RECTOR :: ADVENT 2 2015

In the Gospel lesson on Sunday we learned that when the LORD comes back he is coming back like a giant cosmic bulldozer, mowing over the highest mountains and filling in the deepest canyons. Like I-10 in West Texas, God is going to cut through human pride and arrogance. This should cause us some great concern because the seminal sin of pride inhabits each of our hearts. Listen to what C.S. Lewis says about pride:

The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind. Does this seem to you exaggerated? If so, think it over. I pointed out a moment ago that the more pride one had, the more one disliked pride in others. In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, “How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?”

So let's reason this through. The worst sin is pride. You have pride. Therefore you are guilty of the greatest sin.

What are we to do about it? There are really two cures for pride. One is waiting until God comes back to judge you for it. That is not what you want.

The second cure is the cross, Christ's first advent. "The ground is level at the foot of the cross." The cross is the great leveler. It shows us how bad our sin is, so bad that God had to die a horrible death. Have you ever watched The Passion of the Christ? Goodbye pride! There is no room for deserving anything here. 

Additionally the cross shows us how much God loves and forgives us that he would be willing to die to make it happen. That's the Good News, that God declares us as righteous and just in Jesus, the only one who truly walked the straight path. When we trust Jesus, the Scripture says that we are IN him. And because we are now in him we are given his "levelness", his status of being completely one and in-tune with God's purposes and God's definition of right and wrong. Praise God for his mercy! It is so much better to meet God now as Savior than to meet him later as the Judge.

Now that we are IN Christ, Christ is also in us, through his Holy Spirit beginning to do his excavation work in our heart. Let's meditate on the gift of God's love on the cross and let him push over the mountains of pride in our hearts, making us a straight path for him.

 Father Kurt

Father Kurt