Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Cynicism and Faith

Great home group tonight. Dr. Brady is teaching on "the Gospel." Speaking about faith tonight, it hit me between the eyes that cynicism is the opposite of faith on so many levels.

Cynicism is, of course, pride. "The universe isn't going to put one over on me! Those who expect the worst are never disappointed!"

How opposite of faith which says, "I believe that God is Good. His will is right and just. He wants what is best for me."

While faith masquerades as naivete, it isn't. It is, as Scott said, objective truth.

Is my reputation so important to me that I don't want to be caught flat-footed by the universe just in case God isn't what He says He is? Hedging my bet isn't an act of faith, it's an act of pride.

Food for thought.


Josiah said...

I've always had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about cynicism, but haven't ever considered it pride.

That is really something to think about.

Is it possible to be cynical about things of the world, but faithful about the things of God?

Rob said...

I don't think so. Faith would mean you believe what God says about the world and His ability to make everything work to His good. Cynicism about the world is a form of judgment and requires your works to overcome the world when it was Jesus who already overcame the world.

My cynicism is my belief that I have to be too smart for the world to get one over on me.