“You think you’re so perfect because you go to ‘Jesus Club’.”
“…it’s narcissistic ignorance to assume that my religious views are any consequence of you.”
Words that should have hurt me because they came from people I believed were my friends. In some ways I wish they would have, it would be easier to just believe them.
But I don’t.
I am never going to sit here and tell anyone that I am perfect, especially not because I go to church or bible study. Why? Because I am so so so so far from it. I lust, I am selfish and stuck up at times. I am conceited, judgmental of others when I don’t want to be. Most of all, I am human and I will be the first to admit that I am unworthy of a relationship with Christ.
That’s the point, though.
There is only one who is perfect: Jesus. “But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin.” 1 John 3:5 NIV. The cross makes us worthy of His forgiveness and love. Sometimes, claiming that you are forgiven because Jesus died for you sounds the same as claiming your own perfection to some people. If you are able to recognize that you are in fact a sinner who is undeserving of God’s love, then the words of others mean little.
Call it “narcissistic ignorance”, call it whatever you will. If being in love with Jesus constitutes insults then so be it.. There is joy in persecution; it could push you away from God or if you remain faithful it will bring you closer to Him. I, for one, will not let it push me away.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.” -Matthew 5:11