We just finished a 2-part message here at the Oasis called, Me Monsters, inc. In those sermons I discussed American narcissism and how easily we, who are called to be lights…distinct in the earth, drift into this egomaniacal way of thinking that’s all around us (and quite intuitive!). Even if we can agree on this premise, it does need to be taken further. We can “co-opt” this narcissism in the context of our personal discipleship, reducing the Christian life to MY transformation for my own sake…
It should come as no surprise that Pastor Tullian Tchividjian has written an insightful article on this very topic. For those of us willing to fight the “Me Monster,” this article is an inspiring follow-up! Here’s a snippet:
The way many of us think about sanctification is, well, not very sanctified. In fact, it’s downright narcissistic. We thinking about how we’re doing, if we’re growing, whether we’re doing it right or not. We spend too much time brooding over our failures and reflecting on our successes. We seem to believe that the focus of the Christian faith is the life of the Christian.
Reflecting this common assumption, someone who was frustrated with something I had written said to me not long ago, “Don’t you know that the focus of the New Testament is the personal holiness of the Christian?”
What? Seriously? To keep calm, I replayed Mr. Miyagi in my head, “Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out …”
The truth is, we spend way too much time thinking about ourselves, and we justify this spiritualized navel-gazing by reasoning that this is what God wants us to be doing. (read the whole thing here)