We are in a series on the Beatitudes of Jesus at church right now… it’s called “Dance to the Beat.” One of my favorite lines came from a message on humility:
The essence of “God blesses those who are humble (or those who are meek)” is that God can work with people who don’t think they are superior to others—but where there is arrogance and aggression, God’s blessing is not there.
Jean Vanier, in his book Becoming Human, says:
The illusion of being superior engenders the need to prove it; and so oppression is born. A bishop in Africa told me that, even though there were few Christians in the area, he had built his cathedral bigger than the local mosque. All this to prove that Christianity was a better, more powerful religion than Islam. So we build walls around our group and cultivate our certitudes. Prejudice grows on such walls. How did we, the human race, get to this position where we judge it natural to not just band ourselves into groups, but to set ourselves group against group, neighbor against neighbor, in order to establish some ephemeral sense of superiority? One of the fundamental issues for people to examine is how to break down these walls that separate us one from another; how to open up one to another; how to create trust and places of dialogue.
The illusion of being superior engenders the need to prove it; and so oppression is born.
God, help us to be humble. We want to see the great worth and dignity of all people. Help us to love, to be curious, to listen, to care, and to bless others.
“If we see the world as an arena of competition we view others as competitors. But if we see the world is a gift we view others as companions. The world is a gift and we are lucky enough to have our share in it. Let us be grateful to God and gracious to one another.” —Brian Zahnd
He has told you what is good. What does the Lord ask of you? To do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. —Micah 6.8