The Atlanta Flames. The Seattle Pilots. The Washington Senators. The Syracuse Nationals. The Montreal Maroons. The Chicago Stags. The Canton Bulldogs. The New York Cosmos. The Kentucky Colonels. The Memphis Sounds. The Anaheim Amigos.
Do you root for any of these teams?
You may have at one time, depending on your age. At various stages in pro sports history, these teams were full-fledged professional sports teams. But because of failing management, lack of money, poor fan support, or other reasons, these teams have all gone the way of the XFL.
Here’s another one: Tyre. Who knows, maybe they once had a team called the Tyre Repairs or the Tyre Tigers. But no more. Tyre is gone. Not just a team from Tyre, but the whole town. Tyre, as prophesied by Ezekiel, has vanished from the face of the earth.
Why did Tyre fall? Why is Tyre a member of the obsolete cities of the world? Pride.
Tyre said of itself, “I am perfect in beauty” (27:3). And Tyre’s ruler said, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god” (28:2).
One thing Tyre found out and we should know is that God hates pride. He tells us in Proverbs 8:13, “I hate pride and arrogance.” The problem with pride is that it gets in the way of our view of God.
Pride can easily skew our concept of who we are in God’s eyes—and even who God is in our eyes. Tyre was great and knew it—which led to destruction. It’s better to reflect onto God any glory we achieve. When we don’t, like Tyre, we’re headed for trouble (Proverbs 16:18).