June 26 Edevotional

“Pride goeth before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
These are the words I grew up on. The words that gave me a slanted view of Pride Month, and now even Pride Sunday, a Sabbath of Pride! I grew up skeptical of being proud. It is ungodly, un-Christian to be proud of myself. I did not hear the words, “I’m proud of you,” very often, if at all.
“Pride goeth before a fall” is a saying that is similar to the original Bible verse, found in Proverbs 16:18, but it does not accurately reflect the original text. In fact, the verse says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
Reading the verse in it’s entirety, makes me wonder if pride had some different meanings in different contexts. The verse says that a haughty spirit is more what is meant here. A spirit that supports the “I am better than you,” privilege-flaunting, pride without substance. That kind of pride and prejudice certainly leads to destruction, destruction of each other and destruction of the earth. A haughty spirit that is best symbolized by our nose-up-in-the-air, not able to see the beauty that is around us, certainly does lead to falling, tripping, passing over the flesh and substance of the earth.
The kind of pride that I experience at the Pride Parade and that I wish for all of us to experience on Pride Sunday, is the spirit that we are all together in this thing called life and it is beautiful. You and I, all of us, can come out from hiding. We can revel in the beauty that each of us different, made in the image of God. No one of us is better than the other, only different from each other. I see you and I am proud of you. We can let go of our prejudices, shame, and defenses that keep us apart. I need you in all of your different-ness. We are made whole, the body of Christ, when we include everyone. Let’s celebrate Pride!
Pastor Sherrie Lowly
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