Tag Archives: Humility

The Election

The election is tomorrow. Think of the candidate and/or Party that you stand with. Think of the issues important to you in this election. Think of the state of the country and the state of the world and relations between peoples. Think of all the negative adds, the dirty politics, the skewed perceptions and so called “facts.” Think of all that goes on in an election. . . . Then read this verse placed before us today in the Lectionary: “Never act out of rivalry or conceit; rather, let all parties think humbly of others as superior to themselves, each of you looking to others’ interests rather than your own.” (See Philippians 2: 1-4)

When you look at your Party, at your candidate, how well have they lived up to this statement? And how well do “I” live up to this statement?

 

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Political and Religious Humility

Luke 13: 22-30

 

“ ‘We ate and drank in your company.  You taught in our streets.’  But he will answer, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from!’”

 

I believe a sign of authentic spirituality is a palatable humility. I get very nervous around those who think their way is THE way and who look down on others.  Jesus, in this passage from Luke, is talking to such people.  You think you are on the right path, he says, but you are so off the path.  Humble yourselves and open your eyes!

 

Humility is not a virtue held in high esteem in our culture.  To be humble is perceived as being weak, wishy washy and unsure.  Just look at our political landscape.  Strength, being “right,” and fighting are the qualities that are respected.  Unfortunately, such qualities even spill over to our religious landscape.  Personally, I think that a politician  who exhibited a sense of humility would be a great leader.  How very refreshing this would be!

 

Do I stand in a place of humility with others?  Or, am I closed off from others, thinking that my way, is the only way?