Self-Esteem, Satan and Eve

Philippians 2 is probably the best chapter in the Bible to shoot down self-esteem gibberish. I have already quoted from it this week, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. . .”

Before that quote is another fantastic quote making my point for me,

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

So, question for ya, since the modern self-esteem movement got cranked up (probably dates to the 1980’s), has our world grown in strife, vainglory, celebrity worship, fighting, arguing, bickering?

Yeeeeeeaaaaaah.

Now, this world has always been nuts, it’s foolish to say it’s worse today than it was before (ask Solomon, he’s the one who said that). But I can counter by saying the self-esteem movement has been around since the Garden of Eden!

Eve thought she was better! She deserved better! She deserved to know what God knew! She deserved it! She’s better than this!

Don’t forget the sin that lead to Satan’s downfall, five “I will” statements in Isaiah 14 that lead to Satan’s demise. Read it and tell me Satan didn’t have really good self-esteem!

Satan had dreams! He had a vision for his life, a mission statement, a goal, a purpose! Yes, yes he did and he’ll burn in hell because of it. Are you going to follow him there?

The flip side is to be like Christ, who humbled Himself, came in the form of a servant, to become obedient even unto death. Most Christians will flip out if you tell them they are supposed to obey God, because they believe they are better than that.

Esteem others better than yourself. I suppose there are some who will counter with: This doesn’t mean we have low self-esteem, it means we elevate others so highly they are even higher than our own esteem.

I suppose. And fruit looks good to eat too.

2 thoughts on “Self-Esteem, Satan and Eve”

  1. I’m a little older than you & it seems to me the ‘modern self-esteem movement’ was around in the 70’s and maybe the 60’s. I wonder how far back it goes?

  2. It probably dates back to the late 1800’s with the self-made man, self-help, Dale Carnegie “How to Win Friends and Influence People” days. But as I said in the post I think it dates back to creation!

    I guess I was referring to the self-esteem movement in the schools really seemed to gear up in the 80’s when we began teaching kids to naval gaze for fun and profit. To be obsessed with everyone’s opinion about you and to get offended as soon as possible. I would tie it in with the Political Correctness fad that seemed to get going around then. I guess that’s what I was thinking of by citing the 80’s.

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