In my Sociology class today, we discussed the different kinds of class systems, such as the caste system and slave system. Within the class system, though, there was an interesting principle established. It was called the Exchange Mobility, and to put it simply, meant that when someone moved up in the system, someone else moved down.
Now, this struck me as interesting. Because if it was true, then it meant whenever someone exceeded to a new level of social well-being, they either intentionally or unintentionally knocked someone else down in the system. Whether this is true in all cases, I’m not so sure, but I can definitely see how it relates to a rather simpler yet highly more toxic problem.
And that problem is of pride.
Pride inherently does just what the Exchange Mobility describes; it raises the individual up and puts someone else down. Most people do this unintentionally, but that’s because they’re self-absorbed and aren’t paying attention.
Now, I could go on and on about pride, but let’s look at it from a different angle:
If I’m willing to lower myself down, will it produce the opposite effects of the Exchange Mobility and raise others up? Because although that seems highly unfavorable to the individual, in the long run it is beneficial for us all. And perhaps this has happened before… Indeed it has with Jesus Christ himself!
When Adam sinned by trying to raise himself to God’s status, it tore us all down, and ever since then we’ve been replicating the same deadly process, attempting to raise ourselves up and letting people fall from all sides.
But when Jesus came down and lowered himself as a servant for our benefit—why it just about flipped the world upside down and raised many of us back from the dead ways of Adam!
It’s true grace right there. And think about this: if two people try and raise themselves up, according to the Exchange Mobility and the Bible, they’ll only push each other both down, neither of them achieving their goal. But, if they both lower themselves, they’ll both raise each other up and benefit from each other. It’s why God gives grace to the humble, but opposes the proud. When we lift up God’s name and lower ourselves, he will honor us and give us grace. But if we flip it around, he’ll still be sure to lower us.
I want to become more humble in order to raise him up! And I want to do this because he did it for me. I’m so thankful for this undeserved love.