Wednesday, September 02, 2009


A recent local church sign read: "Character—what you do when no one's looking."

Of course, I thought. But then I thought deeper. Pride, I believe, is one of the 7 deadly sins. Well, if one becomes aware of having done a "good" deed, then he is being pridefully self-congratulatory. If one takes self-worth or pride in what he's done, then he's got the character of a sinner. In order to be free of the sin of pride, he must also be unaware of what he's done. In short, the only good deed is a thoughtless one or one done without thought at all. Actually the only act which could be considered an act free of pride (self-congratulation) would have to be an unconscious act. Of course, one can always counter-balance a good deed by telling everyone that's he's done the good deed. That would counter-balance his pride and make his act an act of good character.

Christians just never get it right, do they?

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