"Have this same attitude in you that was in Christ Jesus....he humbled himself...." Philippians 2
Yet the Apostle Paul writes, "look out not only for your own interest but for the interest of others. Have the same attitude that was in Christ Jesus....he humbled himself...." For Paul, the only thing that will save the church from itself is to have the same attitude of Jesus. I think he is right! Jesus humbled himself!
What is humility? Humility comes from the root word, "humus." Did you put any humus on your garden this summer? Humus is dark, rich, composted earth. So when it comes to humilty, to be humble is to remember your earthiness, your common bond with one another in a common humanity (there's that root again in "humanity", "humus."). To be humble means coming down where you belong (the Shaker's hymn "Tis A Gift to be Simple), to stand beside one another as fellow human beings, to live with the awareness of not only living with your self interest but also thinking about the interest of another. Think of how many conflicts in the church and in the world would end if we would just become more humble, and to begin to think of not only our own interest but the interest of another.
It is not always easy, but that is why we continue to have the cross at the center in the sanctuary, and why we parade it all around, and why some of us cross ourselves lest we forget how Jesus, who humbled himself upon a cross, saved the world, and how we might, also, with Christ's humble help, save the church.