Prideful Perspective – John 7:45-49

Then the temple police came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why haven’t you brought Him?”
The police answered, “No man ever spoke like this!”
Then the Pharisees responded to them: “Are you fooled too? Have any of the rulers or Pharisees believed in Him? But this crowd, which doesn’t know the law, is accursed!”

It is the nature of prideful minded people in power who are pursuing an agenda without regard to truth to look down on those who are ‘without understanding’. This prideful perspective leads those who are under its influence to view the less wealthy, less ‘educated’, less influential, those who are uninvolved in the furtherance of the ‘agenda’ – the actual truth seekers, as the accursed. They see these people as unable to perceive the higher truth, unenlightened. This prideful mentality invades the mind of misguided, malevolent leaders. Pride rears it’s ugly head and goes unchecked. Typically those who display this behavior are the last to realize they are behaving as such. Pride truly blinds people to who they really are. We see it even today among those who are in power and who pursue an agenda that does not necessarily benefit anyone other than themselves. This condemning perspective crosses political lines and even the lines of their wrongheaded agendas. These are the ones who are truly ‘ever seeing and never perceiving and ever hearing but never understanding’ mainly because they have an agenda and the pursuit of it supersedes all true understanding. It is a seriously dangerous frame of mind in which to find oneself. And, a person can only hope that he does ‘find himself’ when controlled by this mentality and be changed by the power of truth and good judgement.

Pride is blind. Humility can see.

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