My latest article is a self reflection on Pride. Pride was the sin the made Satan rebel against God. It is the sin the prevents man from turning to God. It is a terrible sin. But pride is almost never seen in a negative light like theft, murder or adultery. In the history of man pride was often celebrated and encouraged. From my youth, culture and institutions have been telling me to think positively, be proud of my talents and achievements, of my school, my professions and of my country. Pride is often confused with other Christian qualities. There can be subtle differences in thinking fondly of, or being thankful to God for which are good thoughts against Pride which is to think highly of oneself.
Pride is often found in positions of authority and wealth. I have served in middle management for several years. Having staff under me have caused me to have occasional giddiness of power. I have also seen senior staff previously benign, start to enjoy the power, strive for it and hold on to it. All of this is connected with pride. Recently I was asked by a few senior management doctors about what I thought about leadership. I explained my position that leadership was overvalued. I told them I fet was more important to learn how to follow and serve our patients and whoever was in leadership position was not very important. Quite visibly the senior doctors were uncomfortable with my remarks.
Here is a short video by Ravi Zacharias, a Christian born apologist comments on Christian leaders and pride
Benjamin lives in Singapore. He is joyfully working as a family physician in a public healthcare institution. Benjamin is happily married with 2 lovely children. He worships in a Bible Presbyterian church.
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