Pride and stub­born­ness keep peo­ple from Christ

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Why won’t some peo­ple ad­mit it when they’re wrong? My un­cle has made a lot of bad de­ci­sions in his life, but he re­fuses to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for them or apol­o­gize when he’s hurt some­one. In­stead he al­ways blames some­one else for his prob­lems. Do peo­ple like this ever change?

Q: A: — J.K.

Un­for­tu­nately, ex­pe­ri­ence tells us that peo­ple like this sel­dom change; their pride gets in the way, and they can’t bring them­selves to ad­mit that they alone are re­spon­si­ble for their fail­ures.

But note that I didn’t say they can never change, be­cause some­times they do — with God’s help. I think, for ex­am­ple, of King Ne­buchad­nez­zar in the Old Tes­ta­ment. As the ruler of the Baby­lo­nian Em­pire, he was the most pow­er­ful per­son in the world. When some of Daniel’s friends re­fused Ne­buchad­nez­zar’s com­mand to wor­ship a mam­moth golden idol he had built, he had them thrown into a fiery fur­nace (al­though God pro­tected them). Daniel warned him to re­pent of his evil ways and turn to God — but he re­fused (see Daniel 4:27-30).

In time, how­ever, Ne­buchad­nez­zar lost his san­ity, and also his throne. In his dis­tress, he humbly turned to God, and God de­liv­ered him and re­stored his power.

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