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September 10, 2007

Are Blogs Prideful?

We had a great sermon on Pride this Sunday. I was like a greasy spot on the chair after being struck by lightening repeatedly. I’m extremely proud. Not because I think so highly of myself (I really don’t), but because I think a lot about myself.

I enjoy attention. I like making people laugh or think or both. The stories I write are meant to engage my reader’s thoughts and to explore important themes, which I think are a good thing.

But what about blogs? I don’t keep a journal because I think things that are written should be read, hence this blog. But isn’t it prideful to think that my opinions are of interest to others? In a story, the author is supposed to be invisible, but this post alone has more “I’s” than a potato!

Now, my understanding of pride is that it is like Ayers Rock in Australia. Huge, monolithic and barren. Our efforts to whittle away pride is about as effective as an ant’s filing away at Ayers; he can feel awfully proud of himself for the two inch mound of dust that he’s chipped away, but Ayers is still undiminished, and probably bigger from added dirt.

It’s like the sermon from the week before on judgmentalism, in which we should strive to be like the humble tax collector beating his breast instead of being like the haughty pharisee. Human nature wants to START at the tax collector and work our way to maybe the midpoint between the two, but the Bible says, no, you remain the tax collector while on this Earth. You don’t get “better” you just are honest about what a wretch you are. With pride we are to live ever aware in the shadow of Ayers. We can’t do much about it, but we can turn away from it every now and then, thumbing our nose at the mountain and squeaking out a little humility.

But probably not while blogging…

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