The Arrogance of Man
- Sheldon Clowdus
To really understand the depth and depravity of our arrogance we must first attempt to understand ourselves and God as He has revealed those things to be. The God of the bible has revealed Himself to us in His Word. In that revelation He has unquestionable shown us certain aspects of His character. Our arrogance shows itself when we remake God into our own image based on what we desire Him to be instead of who He has revealed Himself to be.
Consider this: God owes us nothing. He created everything and He has the right, as creator, to do whatever He wishes with His creation. In creating mankind, He placed us in the garden with every good thing. In choosing to sin, mankind committed an act of cosmic treason against the perfect Creator of everything. God would be perfectly just to condemn us all to eternal death because of our sin. He is not obligated in any way to save any of us. Only because of His love has He chosen to make a way for some of His creation to be rescued from an eternal punishment of our own making. Every moment that God allows sinners to remain on this planet breathing is a gift. It is a divine act of kindness that God does not strike down sinners as they deserve. Instead his kindness, for some, leads to repentance and salvation. If His kindness has lead us to repentance and salvation we should daily be grateful and amazed at His mercy and grace on us. Instead, so many times we reduce God to a genie in a bottle to be called upon in our times of need and to be ignored as long as we are doing fine. Or we ignore the revelations of Himself from His word and fashion for ourselves a god that we like better. We do this by emphasizing aspects of His character that we like and ignoring aspects that we don't like or don't understand and by expecting that He will operate according to our standards of love, kindness, justice, etc. This is no different than forming a statue from gold or silver and calling it God.
There is only one God. He has revealed Himself to us in scripture. To worship any other version of Him than the one He has revealed Himself to be is to worship a false god, one without the power or authority to save from sin.
When we make God into our image we reveal ourselves to be arrogant, blaspheming idolaters who need to repent and return to the fearsome, magnificent, merciful, grace giving God who redeemed us and call us His own. I know these things to be true because I see them in my own heart far to often than I would like. How do we eliminate this pride and arrogance? By confessing it and laying it at the foot of the cross. Christ has already paid for it and redeemed us from our own pride and arrogance. I pray that God would allow us to understand and know Him as He is and not as we wish He would be. May we know Him in all His glory and worship and love Him because of that knowledge.