Miniblog #164: The Little-Known Difference Between Biblical Humility & False Humility
If my experience is at all an accurate representation, most Christians fundamentally misunderstand biblical humility. We falsely think that to be humble is to be lowly, piously denying one’s talents while speaking poorly of himself or herself. It isn’t arrogant to acknowledge that you’re better at something than most people; what’s arrogant is incessantly announce that you’re better or to think that because you’re better at the thing you’re better than those people. Take a musician as an example. If a less talented pianist comes up to another after a recital and offers a compliment on the excellence of the performance, it’d be false humility to reply, “Oh, I’m not that good. I really need to practice more.” The humble response is to say, “Thank you,” not treat that person with condescension, and to genuinely believe that those talents are a gift from God. One is a culturally-conditioned facade of humility. The is authentic, biblical humility.