Humility is almost universally admired in the West, and people who are full of themselves are almost universally avoided. But although this value is common, humility is a uniquely Christian virtue.

Only if there is a God who created all things and people and transcends his human creatures is the refusal to think of other creatures as less than ourselves wrong. And according to Christianity, because we are sinners who have violated God’s law and broken ourselves and our world, we have no grounds for thinking we’re something we’re not, but because all humans are made in God’s image then there is immense value in treating our fellow humans with love and deference. The key to being humble like this is not to think less of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less and think of God and others more.

Chuck and Aaron talk about why humility is important, why it’s hard to live humbly, and the benefits of not thinking less of ourselves but thinking of ourselves less.


Aaron Mueller
Chuck Rathert

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