Narcissistic Ignorance

“You think you’re so perfect because you go to ‘Jesus Club’.”
“Manipulative.”
“…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

Guard Your Treasure

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot firm from evil. {Proverbs 4:23-27}

I want to talk about something really important to me: purity.

In a society governed by sexuality and immorality, it is nearly impossible to tell what is right and what is wrong if you are not grounded in the Word day in and day out, which quite frankly I don’t know many people who do, certainly not me as hard as I try.

Today I would like to focus specifically on purity.

Purity covers a large spectrum of values, but the most obvious is sexual purity, or refraining from sex until marriage. As a sacred act, it is vitally important that we remain abstinent for our future spouses and our own well being.

But just because you haven’t done ‘it’ yet doesn’t excuse you from staying pure. I used to know someone who preached purity, but she dressed in inappropriate clothing and did other sexual things with her boyfriend. Am I the only one seeing the problem here?

Purity covers our eyes too.

Looking at another person with lust, dressing to show off our bodies, watching pornography or simply talking about things that are not appropriate that leave images in our minds is just as important. Finally, as the verse above says, guard your heart. By keeping your eyes on Jesus and not allowing Satan to tempt you into impurity, your heart will be grounded in faith. This means praying or reading your bible when you feel tempted, instead of falling into that temptation.
Purity is what sets Christians apart, especially with the world like it is today. We are God’s people, in whom the Holy Spirit lives and it is important to honor God with our bodies and minds by staying pure.

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?”