I just got this in an email. It is interesting reading.
Even though the Bible does not teach self-love, self-esteem, self-worth, orself-actualization as virtues, helps, or goals, a vast number of present-day Christians have been deceived by the self-teachings of humanistic psychology. Rather than resisting the enticement of the world they become culture-bound. Not only do they not resist the tidal wave of selfism; they are riding the crest of self-esteem, self- acceptance, and self-love. Onecan hardly tell the difference between the Christian and the non-Christian in the area of the self, except that the Christian adds God as the main source for his self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-worth, and self-love. If there is one thing the world and many in the church have in common these days, it’s the psychology of self-esteem. Although Christians may disagreeabout some of the nuances of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-acceptance,and even on some of the finer points of definition and how it is attained,too many have joined forces against what they believe is a formidable enemy- low self-esteem. Yet, even the world cannot justify promoting highself-esteem through its own methods of research.No Research Justification for Self-EsteemA few years ago the California legislature passed a bill creating theCalifornia Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility. The twofold title of the Task Force was quite an assumption.No one has ever demonstrated that promoting self-esteem is in any wayrelated to personal and social responsibility. Nor has anyone proved thatall those who exhibit personal and social responsibility have highself-esteem. Self-esteem and social and personal responsibility actuallyappear to be negatively rather than positively related.The Task Force believed that esteeming oneself and growing in self-esteemwould reduce “dramatically the epidemic levels of social problems wecurrently face.”Is There a Positive Relationship Between High or Low Self-Esteem andPersonal and Social Responsibility?The results were then published in a book titled The Social Importance ofSelf-Esteem. Has the relationship been established between self-esteem andsocial problems? David L. Kirk, syndicated writer for the San FranciscoExaminer, said it bluntly:That . . . scholarly tome, The Social Importance of Self-Esteem, summarizes all the research on the subject in the stultifyingly boring prose of wannabescientists. Save yourself the 40 bucks the book costs and head straight for the conclusion: There is precious little evidence that [low] self-esteem isthe cause of our social ills (David L. Kirk, “Lack of Self Esteem is Not theRoot of All Ills.” Santa Barbara News-Press, 15 January 1990).Even though they searched for a connection between low self-esteem and problematic behavior, they could not find a cause and effect link. However,more recent studies indicate a definite relationship between violent behavior and high self-esteem. Nevertheless, faith in self-esteem dies hard and schools continue to work on building high self-esteem………..