It has been seventy-one years since our country woke up on another December morning.  War raged in Europe and the Pacific, but America was at peace.  We thought we were safe with two massive oceans on our east and west coasts that would isolate us from the inferno of these two wars.  We thought we were strong enough to deter any attack.

The Attack 1941 On Pearl Harbor

The Japanese were the same way.  They believed that they were due their empire.  They were extremely proud and had met nothing, but success so far.  While the attack on Pearl Harbor was a terrific success for them, it ultimately led to their downfall as their own pride guided their actions.  In their own eyes, they were destined and undefeatable.


The funny thing is that everything we thought was an illusion.  History has a funny way of giving us such a crystal clear perspective that we can say now that we should have seen our perceptions as hollow and false, but humanity has a funny way of sugarcoating it’s own state and making it oftentimes better than it actually is.  Call it vanity, false confidence, or bravado.  Whatever you want to label it, the symptom is of a deeper disease, pride.  Pride can be as damaging to us as bombs, bullets, rockets, and torpedoes.  In my own life, I can point to tripping points and if I am honest with myself, where I went wrong each time was that I held on to my pride rather than thrown it down.


Pride earns you nothing.  It is self-bestowed and hollow always, because our worth is not based on who we are or what we do, but on Whom we place our trust and faith, on Whom created us, on Whom gave us the whole Earth as our dominion.


So today, on this anniversary, don’t look back and think of how our great nation rose from the ashes of that fateful December day and punished our enemies at the time.  Look back and see how pride has disastrous side-effects.  Pride will hide the truth from each and every one of us, because the truth is black and white and the truth is not comforting… unless the truth you seek is the one found in Christ alone.

Yes, December 7th is forever a day that will live in infamy, not for the bombs that fell, the bullets that were fired, the torpedoes that were dropped, and the soldiers, sailors and airmen who died, but for the body blow we took as a nation because of our pride.

Love the Lord, all his faithful people!
    The Lord preserves those who are true to him,
    but the proud he pays back in full.

Psalm 31:23


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