The in­cur­able cur­able dis-ease

The Covington News - - OBITUARIES - 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 th

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 COLUM­NIST

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