As we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Month by celebrating the survivors and their stories, we also continue to pray for the cure. The saddest part of cancer is the fact that it is one of the more than 10 incurable medical diseases.
There is one dis-ease that has been around since the beginning of time and it is a deficiency in our ability to show humility.
Every day we turn to the different media outlets and find little to no good news and can assert that the world is in dis-ease. There seems to be no peace and nothing seems simple anymore.
"2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (New Revised Standard Version)
In this scripture, we find that the first prescription to healing is humility. Contrary to popular belief, the greatest component of humility is not holding one's head down or attempting to deflect attention. It is Honesty.
A truly humble person is honest with themselves and others about their strengths, weaknesses, and location (social, financial, relational, mental, emotional, etc.).
We see, in almost every sector of society, that there is a problem with honesty. People don't get along and have long periods of animosity between them because we are not honest. Instead of being transparent and honest, we posture ourselves behind smoke clouds of deflection and dishonesty.
In the study of logic, there are truths and facts. Truths are things that are widely accepted, while facts are proven truths and have evidence. We find ourselves in a day and age where neither matters much. There are few things that people agree on and facts do not shape our thoughts on any thing.
Arrogance alludes to a problem with dishonesty. Being humble takes the mature stance of being responsible. Though we may not want to tell anyone, responsibility is a hard thing. Being able to say "I was wrong," "I made a mistake," "I can do better," or "I'm better than what I'm showing now" is a huge thing that a lot of people are not willing to do.
Therefore, we live with an incurable disease and all we do is take measure to ease the symptoms. That includes blaming others, and even acting as if nothing is wrong.
The enemy of your humility is ego.
If we look at a familiar story of Christ we find Satan tempting Jesus and, essentially, he appeals to Jesus' ego to see if he would bite. But Christ passed the test. After doing so, he instructs his followers that if they are going to be true followers, they must also resist falling prey to their own egos.
Ego is the father of lies. It's our ego that causes us to posture and be arrogant because we never want to look weak.
Humility is not a mark of the weak, but a sign of the mature.
It’s time for all of us, no matter the area; political, religious, societal, or what have you, to take responsibility for who we are, what we've done and how we feel so that we can find the cure and we can finally find peace.
The cure is humility and if we truly care about what's best, we will be humble enough to do what's best.
Remember to always Do no harm, Do Good, and stay in love with the divine.
Rev. E. Chip Owens is a graduate of the Gammon Theological Seminary on the Historic Campus of the Interdenominational Theological Center. He has served as a Senior Pastor in the Covington Area. He is a well sought after preacher and Author that has had the pleasure of sharing the gospel nationwide.