I’ve heard people say Ignorance begets Confidence and in turn, Confidence begets Confidence. I don’t know about that and I don’t necessarily believe it! However, I have seen, firsthand, how Arrogance begets Ignorance. An intelligent person goes from awesome to ignorant in five seconds, flat. OK, maybe not in five seconds, but it can feel that way.
By all accounts, Calvary Chapel Kendall is a thriving, impacting ministry. We’ve had people from all over the country and all over world look to us for guidance and direction.
What does this have to do with Arrogance Begets Ignorance?
I believe the reason why so many pastors and missionaries around the world look to us for guidance, mentorship, and leadership, is because we encourage our staff to keep learning. Our pastors and staff frequently meet with our counterparts in other churches, attend conferences and seminars, read books specific to our ministries and for leadership in general, and many of us keep learning through higher education.
Are you willing to learn from someone else, or will your Arrogance Beget Ignorance?
Do you see where I’m going with this? If you’re not willing to learn from someone else, if you think you know it all, then soon you won’t know much at all. Arrogance begets ignorance. Information, ideas, and technology move at the speed of light. If you think there’s nothing else that you could learn in your field, you’re probably arrogant, even if you’re right. If there’s nothing else you could possibly learn, then that will last a few months, maybe even a year. But sooner rather than later, your arrogance will be what brings about your ignorance.
As technologies and ideas move forward without you, you’ll be left behind. It’s actually a positive to know that you don’t know it all, in that case, Humbleness begets Confidence. Unless you humble yourself and become open to learning, it’s just a matter of time before your arrogance turns into ignorance.
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Good point Pedro. Not only do we become ignorant, but the ministry we serve is hindered as well. We end up passing our ignorance on to those around us if they follow our example.