Philippians 2:5-8 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Psalm 20:6-8 “Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed*; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”
*The Lord’s anointed here means first the ancient kings of Israel, and specifically David, then Christ, then Christ’s faithful body collectively.
Isaiah 10:12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes.
Isaiah 31:1-3 “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord! And yet he is wise and brings disaster; he does not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evildoers and against the helpers of those who work iniquity. The Egyptians are man, and not God, and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord stretches out his hand, the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall, and they will all perish together.”
Isaiah 13:11 I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.
Proverbs 16:5 Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.
James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
2 Samuel 22:28 You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down.
Matthew 23:12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Malachi 3:13-18 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”
Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
The full list of verses on the importance of humility in not only God’s people but in heads of state.
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Note: You can now read all four parts of my testimony on what God has done through my writing career, and specifically the series that Avatars of Web Surfer launched.
Testimony 1: How God Rescued Web Surfer
Testimony 2: Offering Characters to God
Testimony 3: Exploring a Character’s Gender Identity (From a Christian Perspective)
Testimony 4: Allowing Characters to Rewrite Their Stories
My commentary: Christ cared about the least of these, people who could do nothing for us, stood with them even when it was inconvenient and offended the powerful people. He never had the opportunity to vote, so none of know how he’d vote or if he would, but he spoke out against the failings of the most conservative political and religious leaders of first century Judea as well as the most progressive back in the day, without regard to the consequences, to the point of his death on the cross. Let’s be principled. bold, courageous, prophetic witnesses, speaking truth to power when they’re wrong, seeking the mind of Christ, humbling ourselves, and seeking equally humble representatives, so God will see our change of heart and spare our nations from suffering the fate awaiting all of the unrepentantly arrogant.
If you are facing a hard choice between standing by the principles of the Kingdom of God and having power and influence in the kingdoms of this world, you may be tempted to trust in an arrogant, strong, regal figure that others have warned you is abusive, desperately hoping an abuser will keep the promises they never keep once they have you in their clutches. Instead, please consider selflessly laying it all down like Christ did for us and entrust the future to God. When we know God works ALL things together for our good, and God is for us, no situation is nearly as scary as it is said to be by whatever is herding us into an abuser’s clutches–for example, both major political parties in America as they attempt to bully and frighten the people into accepting one of two completely unacceptable candidates for president.
Whatever situation you are facing, be humble, pray hard, walk in a bold faith in God. Stand by your conscience, your values, and seek help from humble people of good character, preferably who clearly love the Lord, however imperfectly they might know him, people you can trust who have not been exposed as an abuser. As a survivor, regarding the example situation that American Christians were all facing when I wrote this, and any situation where you are being pressured to choose between one abusive person or the other, let me assure you life won’t be any better with him than with her, and when his abuse is smearing in the mud Christ’s name, he is not the “lesser of two evils” no matter how many once-reputable people are saying so as they excuse abandoning the principles of the Kingdom of God as they seek to hold onto worldly political power and retain their influence.. Remember one principle of the Kingdom of God that we fail to apply at our peril, Matthew 16:25, “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Ignore fear. Lay it down. Trust the saving yourself and the world to the Lord. We are Christ’s hands and feet, so please do vote–but for a humble candidate of good moral character and remember victory comes “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6)
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