The Other Face of Pride: MCGI Christians on The Good Kind of Pride

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People do not normally say, “I am a proud person” on a regular basis.

We do not normally hear that sentence mentioned with enthusiasm during the first day of school when students are asked to state their name and something interesting about themselves. Or when meeting one’s future mother-in-law for the first time, where first impressions are incredibly, life-alteringly important.

And it’s not that big of a mystery – pride has had a negative connotation over the years, with it being one of the seven deadly sins.

One can say that if the word pride were a novella, it would be the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, because the word pride doesn’t just represent a dark-sided face. It is one complexly beautiful term with an underrated good side.

Pride Has Two Faces

In the world of psychology, there are two types of pride. In a scholarly paper entitled “Types of pride and their expression,” the stark difference in pride’s two types based on the studies of Jessica Tracy, PhD and Rick Robbins, PhD, are explained:

Authentic pride, represented in words like accomplished and confident, is positively associated with personality traits of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and with genuine self-esteem, whereas hubristic pride, related to words like arrogant and conceited, is related positively to self-aggrandizing narcissism and shame-proneness.

Based on the types of pride, fortunate individuals possess the healthy authentic pride, which is a positive interpersonal trait that springs forth from accomplishing something great.

In an interview published in the American Psychological Association, Dr. Tracy remarked on the importance of having pride.

“If you have an achievement or success, it’s important that other people know about it. It says: ‘I’m someone who shouldn’t be rejected,'” stated Dr. Tracy.

Christian Pride at its Finest

And it is that good kind of pride that Members Church of God International (MCGI) Presiding Minister Bro. Eliseo Soriano urged Church members to have: to be proud of being Christians.

Bro. Eli tweets how proud he is to be a follower of Christ's doctrines. Photo courtesy of Bro. Eli's official Facebook page.

Bro. Eli tweets how proud he is to be a follower of Christ’s doctrines. Photo courtesy of Bro. Eli’s official Facebook page.

The international preacher reminded the Christian members of MCGI to be proud of being Christ’s followers, because God Himself is proud of those who follow His words.

“The Son of God thinks of things that are of heaven. Brethren whose vision is directed towards things that are of heaven, those are the people that God is proud to call His children. He is delighted when they call upon Him,” remarked Bro. Eli.

Which was greeted by a positive sense of pride by Church members all over the world. From Apalit, Pampanga where the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center is located to various coordinating centers all over the world.

Online, MCGI Christians brandished their sense of pride on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Here are some of the crowd favorites:

Sis Karol writes in her native language how proud she is to be a Christian. Screenshot courtesy of Sis Karol's Facebook account.

Sis Karol writes in her native language how proud she is to be a Christian. Screenshot courtesy of Sis Karol’s Facebook account.

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Sis Aileen Ravalo posts one of the Bible verses discussed By. Bro. Eliseo Soriano on Christian Pride.

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Sis Aileen Ravalo posts one of the Bible verses discussed By. Bro. Eliseo Soriano on Christian Pride. Photo courtesy of Sis Aileen’s Instagram account.

Bro. Robin Mendiola states that the best thing that happened to his life was when he became a member of the Church. Courtesy of Bro. Robin's Facebook page.

Bro. Robin Mendiola states that the best thing that happened to his life was when he became a member of the Church. Photo courtesy of Bro. Robin’s Facebook page.

“We have nothing to be ashamed of. The word of God is something to be proud of every time and all the time,” remarked Bro. Soriano.

And so these Christians  herald their pride to the world, and they don’t stop at uttering and posting words — they strive with God’s help and mercy to live by it.

 

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References:

1] Carey, Benedict. (April 6, 2009) When All You Have Left Is Your Pride. Retrieved fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/07/health/07mind.html?_r=0

2]  Azar, Beth. (March 2006). The faces of pride: New research on pride suggests it deserves more credit as a basic human emotion than previously thought, Vol 37, No. 3. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/monitor/mar06/pride.aspx

Warp Speed Ahead for Spirituality, Thanks to Technology Used Wisely

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Warp Speed Ahead for Spirituality, Thanks to Technology Used Wisely

Warp Speed Ahead for Spirituality, Thanks to Technology Used Wisely

Some twelve years ago on one Sunday morning in Cavite, a group of people boarded two vehicles unique to the Philippines – the world-famous Philippine jeepneys. The leading one had a bullhorn attached to it, playing a popular television show’s theme song. People heard it and recognized it, and followed the jeepneys with lingering looks as they drove past.

Both jeepneys were filled to the brim with a variety of individuals, both young and old. After a while, the jeepneys parked in one town’s busy area – by the market square, and the people moved swiftly and positioned themselves to hand out flyers with sincere smiles.

After a little bit over an hour, they boarded the jeepneys once more, and circled a large residential area to give their flyers out and put them in mailboxes and house gates. Written in the vernacular, the flyers read: You are cordially invited to attend the Ang Dating Daan’s Mass Indoctrination, complete with the coordinating center’s address and phone number.

Today, the invitation is still extended on a regular basis to those who are interested to hear and understand Christ’s doctrines. The manner of inviting though, has broadened significantly, thanks to that wonderful invention of man – technology.

The Start of Savvy

The advent and success of the telegram to telephones to beepers and cellular phones have paved the way to push technology to bigger and better heights. And we Filipinos know this for a fact, being fervent lovers of technology. Even during the early 2000s, for our humble nation, technology is seemingly indispensible.

We Filipinos are known for using technology to our advantage – changing the course of Philippine politics forever by sending text messages to hordes of our kababayans, encouraging one another to don black shirts, stand as one and oust then President Joseph Ejercito Estrada via Edsa Dos. Granted, we didn’t exactly change it for the better when the one who took over the presidency actually took over, but still, the fact remains – through technology, we’ve accomplished something noteworthy.

Three Cheers for Technology!

Enter the Internet – where emails have replaced snail mail, and chatting, lengthy phone conversations. It has spawned a vast collection of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, which have revolutionized information dissemination at a speed unseen in previous years. Today, with Facebook’s users numbering more than 1 billion, it’s safe to say that a considerable part of humanity is looking at that familiar blue homepage, liking or sharing something that catches their fancy.

Even on Twitter, which was launched in 2006, a few thousand users’ fancy were caught. 26,597 people RT’d this tweet from Taylor Swift, a popular singer from the US:

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Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift’s Twitter account. Link: https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/146471212455968769

A bit of publicity for a song, a desire to go back in time, a cry for help, her then state of mind, a philosophical notion, or maybe a metaphysical point, we’re not a hundred percent sure. But 26,597 people retweeted that one single, ephemeral tweet, making it one of the most retweeted tweets of all time.

If something like that was retweeted several thousand times for thousands or possibly millions to read, I believe that we can all do the same for something that would benefit us all – something spiritual. Something good for the soul. After all, in these perilous times, spirituality is the best armor anyone could have.

Bro. Eli Soriano, a preacher hailing from the Philippines, who is known for answering any and all questions on faith and spirituality, believes in the power of technology in spreading God’s words, as evidenced by his tweet:

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Photo courtesy of Bro. Eli Soriano’s Twitter Account. Link: https://twitter.com/BroEliSoriano/status/34035565770833920

The preacher has brought his Bible Q&A format to his Twitter account and is open for all. It is aptly called Tweetanong Mo Kay Soriano, named after his popular and award-winning religious program, which originated in the Philippines. He is taking advantage of technology to bring God’s words to a greater number of people.

With a simple click of the button — a simple “share,” “RT”, “favorite” or “like”, we could be the efficient bringers of God’s words to our friends, friends of friends, or the public – near or far and transcending time zones, through technology. While photos sporting the infamous “duck face” look and snapshots of what people had for lunch abound on our timelines and dashboards, let’s share Bible verses and words of wisdom. You’d never know who’d be able to read it and be consoled by God’s words – all because you chose to use technology wisely.

Mass Indoctrination Invitation on Facebook; from www.facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano

Mass Indoctrination Invitation on Facebook; from http://www.facebook.com/BroEliseoSoriano

Today, leaflets are still being handed out in person, and the people doing so still give good-natured smiles. But thanks to technology, the number of people who are able to know about an upcoming spiritual event like Mass Indoctrination sessions or Bible Expositions are not limited to one busy market place and a residential area.

Thanks to the gift of technology, we are able to extend a cordial invitation to the world.


In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. – Ecclesiastes 11:6

 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Luke 8:11