Pride Test, part 2: Entitlement

I have been discussing the symptoms of pride in life and ministry. Click here for the Intro and go here for Part 1, Insecurity.

Entitlement

The attitude of entitlement can simply be the result of being “spoiled” by growing up with privilege and affluence.  Most Americans don’t see themselves as particularly wealthy and affluent. But compared to the rest of the world we all are.

Entitlement creeps in when someone is accustomed to getting things fairly easily. Maybe it’s because of family pride or because of hard work and pulling one’s self up by your bootstraps.  But if it results in the attitude that I deserve and therefore need to be recognized and served, then you’ve definitely taken on the disease.

Success can breed entitlement.  But it doesn’t have to.  Being a recipient of God’s unmerited favor can also sinfully morph into an entitlement mindset. This happens when we cease being amazed at God’s kindness and mercy and somehow start taking credit for the changes and successes God has wrought in our lives.

Here are some symptoms of entitlement:

1. Irritability and impatience.

2. Sees people and churches in different “classes”.

3. Cannot receive input or correction from average people.

4. Needs to proclaim titles, degrees, accomplishments, or holdings.

5. Gives oneself permission to indulge excessive appetites.

6. An unwillingness to serve in small things and wait for promotion.

One day a few years back I was waiting on someone to pick me up at the hotel where I was staying in a foreign country. As I waited in the lobby I sadly had to watch a pitiful situation unfold.  There was a small group of Americans in that hotel working with a local missions organization. They apparently were on a “short-term missions trip.”  So far, so good.  The problem was that they were not happy at all with how long the checkout process was taking. They were acting very ugly and making rude comments.  I was ashamed of them as a fellow American, but even more so as a fellow Christian.

What was the problem? They were so accustomed to getting their needs met in certain ways that they felt entitled to such ease and efficiency anywhere and anytime they traveled.

This was a clear indication of an entitlement mentality.

It was pretty ugly.  Makes me feel a bit sick to my stomach even now as I recall it. Have you struggled with this sin?  Have you seen other symptoms of it? Please leave a comment and add to the discussion.

2 thoughts on “Pride Test, part 2: Entitlement

  1. cassie brasher says:

    sometimes people just want to be rude and want things there way are no way and I just don’t understand it we all have places to go but if we would slow down then we could waitness to people are talk better to each other and pray for other people and live would be so much better and see the likeness in other people

  2. Amen brother Dane. It has been a blessing reading your posts especially the last few weeks in dealing with pride and arrogance and the like. I think these are things most followers of Jesus deal with in that we are always trying to be cautious of the things of satan that creep in through the unguarded window to our conscience. BUT our God being greater than satan left us with the Holy Spirit to convict us of our wrong attitudes, dealing, motives, actions, and even thoughts….He is so great, and so loving that the way a child would muddy up their shoes in the yard and spend time on the porch having to clean them before they were back inside dad’s house, God also gave a way for us to wipe the mud off of our conscience through repentance and prayer. The Lord taught the Apostles and now us how to pray and in there was the foreknowledge that we would have shoes / sandals muddied. -God bless you brother. /-ted

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