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In America, High Schools have pep rallies for sport events usually labeld "X's Pride Pep Rally!"(X = the High School name)

During the ceremony the sports players are built up by the other students in hopes they will defeat the other team.

Should I have my daughter skip these pep rallies or repent afterwards?

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever." (1 John 2:16-17, NASB)

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closed as not a real question by Caleb Apr 20 '12 at 7:40

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Well, if they are sinful, going ahead with it and "repenting afterwards" is never a good idea. –  Thomas Shields Apr 20 '12 at 0:16
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Greg, this site isn't a good place to figure out if anything is or is not "Christian" or "anit-Christian". Our site faq cites examples of questions that do not fit this site well. If you look, this kind of falls under both of the last two. You might also look through some of the meta posts tagged faq for discussions about defining Christianity. –  Caleb Apr 20 '12 at 7:44
    
If you want to salvage this question, you will need to edit it to A) address it to a particular tradition that you consider authoritative and B) find a way to focus the attention less on the individual scenario and more on the principles behind it so that it can be shown how the doctrines of that tradition should be applied without the question becoming "too localized." –  Caleb Apr 20 '12 at 7:46
    
@ThomasShields. Agreed. Also, "having her repent afterwards" sounds like an uncomfortable degree of attempted mind control. Slightly creepy. –  TRiG Apr 20 '12 at 16:54

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The "boastful pride of life" refers to a natural/earthly/demonic internal condition and external expression of sin which manifests in arrogance, self-glorification, independence from God, and the like.

In contrast, there are modern uses of the English word "pride", such as "I am proud of him", or "school pride" which have nothing to do with this (as I understand it.)

I am not aware of any scripture prohibiting people from enjoying life, having fun, engaging in entertaining activities, competing in sport, or cheering for a team. (Obvious exceptions would be if a person begins to worship an athlete, cause strife over a competition, etc.)

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ok, so would a white supremacist pride be more like what you call a sinful pride? –  Greg McNulty Apr 19 '12 at 23:10
    
@GregMcNulty The best example I can come up with for "the boastful pride of life" (off the top of my head) would be a person criticizing God or attempting to discredit His word. (I suppose "white supremacy" involves sinful pride as well, but I am having trouble with using that as an example for some reason.) –  Jas 3.1 Apr 20 '12 at 0:23

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