Humility in the Wrong Place

What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be.

A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert — himself.

The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt — the Divine Reason…

The new skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn…

There is a real humility typical of our time; but it so happens that it’s practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic…

The old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which makes him stop working altogether…

We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.

–from G. K. Chesterton via John Piper

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Jojo Agot

Lead pastor at Victory Caloocan; married to Donna; father to Lucas; enjoys books, Coffee+Bear Brand, and movies with magic and flying.

4 thoughts on “Humility in the Wrong Place”

  1. I can’t disagree, and am ashamed to admit that I understand too well.

    Perhaps if I think it is time to stop working on a task, I must question if I the problem is that I had the wrong aim when I started, or I’ve shifted to the wrong aim now, and then re-focus on the aim that is always true: giving glory to Him Who made and redeemed me, Who loves me enough to give His life for me.

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  2. I can’t disagree, and am ashamed to admit that I understand too well.

    Perhaps if I think it is time to stop working on a task, I must question if I the problem is that I had the wrong aim when I started, or I’ve shifted to the wrong aim now, and then re-focus on the aim that is always true: giving glory to Him Who made and redeemed me, Who loves me enough to give His life for me.

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  3. I can’t disagree, and am ashamed to admit that I understand too well.

    Perhaps if I think it is time to stop working on a task, I must question if I the problem is that I had the wrong aim when I started, or I’ve shifted to the wrong aim now, and then re-focus on the aim that is always true: giving glory to Him Who made and redeemed me, Who loves me enough to give His life for me.

    Like

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