Christian Narcissism

Certainly, our culture and man’s tendency is to self-worship. Romans 1 reminds us that when the God of the Word is not worshiped, some aspect of creation will be put in His place. Most of the time that part of creation that is replaced and worshiped is one’s self. And, surprisingly, even we who have been called out as worshipers in spirit and in truth of the one true God allow the narcissism of the day to seep into our Christian life. How do we do this? Here are a few insights into our tendency to be anthrocentric rather than theocentric. Tim Chester, writing in his book Total Church, quotes Chris Wright in The Mission of God when he writes:

Narcissist

Narcissist

-We ask, “Where does God fit into the story of my life?,” when the real question is “Where does my little life fit into this great story of God’s mission?”

-We want to be driven by a purpose that has been tailored just right for our own individual lives, when we should be seeing the purpose of all life, including our own, wrapped up in the great mission of God for the whole of creation.

-We talk about “applying the Bible to our lives.” What would it mean to apply our lives to the Bible instead, assuming the Bible to be the reality–the real story–to which we are called to conform ourselves?

-We wrestle with “making the gospel relevant to the world.” But in this story, God is about the business of transforming the world to fit the shape of the gospel.

-We argue about what can legitimately be included in the mission that God expects from the church, when we should ask what kind of church God wants for the whole range of his mission.

-I may wonder what kind of mission God has for me, when I should be asking what kind of me God wants for his mission.”

It’s very thought provoking when we see life from God’s perspective rather than ours. How do you think this reflects on Christianity today?

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