While it would be easy to mention just the so-called Seven Deadly Sins, those were a device used by the early Catholic church to instruct the peasants. “Real” Christians don’t hold a high view of Catholics or their interpretations of the Bible, so I’m not even quoting from the version of the book that I grew up with. Since I’m not up on which version of the Bible is de rigeur among The Saved, I’m using the version that biblegateway.com gave me when I went searching for pride.
First, one of the portions of the text of the Old Testament that may have lead to the Seven Deadly Sins;
Proverbs 6:16-19 (New International Version)
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
The important line in there is 17, and for the record, freedictionary.com defines haughty;
haugh·ty (hôt) adj. Scornfully and condescendingly proud
Well, that’s the OLD Testament, and things were different then? Well, there’s a little story in Luke 18 told by Jesus, about a boastful man and a humble man. There are plenty of instances of Jesus talking about the meek and the humble, none of which would label themselves with slogans.
Luke 18:9-14 (New International Version)
9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’
13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
So, the person who’s proclaiming his goodness for all the world to see “Look at me, I used to be a hypocrite, but now I’m not!” may not realize the irony inherent in the slogan on his shirt.