Right Little Narcissists
The whole Christian notion of learning to die before we die is neither easy to grasp or to put into practice. Yet, it is a persistent theme throughout the New Testament. Paul said this in I Corinthians: “I die daily.” And this: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet it’s not me, but it’s Christ who lives in me. And the life which I now live out, day by day in the body, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ~Galatians 2:20 The far-reaching implications of this passage should inspire and pester us all our days.
What does it all mean? I’ve given this dying daily thing a lot of thought over the years. Setting aside for a moment the image of death, let’s think about it from the perspective of the daily struggles within and without that we each face. I shall endeavor to be universal with my next string of insults by keeping it in the first person plural!
We are all self-centered, self-absorbed, self-gratifying, self-flattering, self-indulgent, self-preserving and self-promoting little humanoids. Right little narcissists. And more! I don’t think I’m overstating the case. We want what we want when we want it. Some of us have absorbed a few manners along the way in order that we not come across as some insufferable social pariah. But that notwithstanding, the inner chaos, annoyance or rage we feel when we don’t get what we want when we want it, is the very heart of the issue with which Scripture is concerned. To go to war against the copious “self” list I mentioned in the first sentence of this paragraph is the call of Christ. To acknowledge the battle is half the battle. To remain clueless or dismissive of it leaves us Christian in name only.