Friday, February 11th we’re hosting a pastor’s lunch in Naperville, IL. Alan Hirsch is speaking on “Everyday Mission For Everyday People.“
We filled the 100 available seats in four days and have a waiting list. What is stirring this passion to find purpose beyond ourselves?
James Emory Wright’s thoughts are very revealing:
It’s called narcissism.
In Greek mythology, Narcissus is the character who, upon passing his reflection in the water, becomes so enamored with himself that he devotes the rest of his life to his own reflection. From this we get our term “narcissism,” the preoccupation with self.
The value of narcissism is the classic “I, me, mine” mentality that places personal pleasure and fulfillment at the forefront of concerns. Historian Christopher Lasch went so far as to christen ours “the culture of narcissism,” saying that this is the new religion – a religion where we don’t actually want religion proper, but instead, personal therapy.
And it is just this spirit which has invaded our thinking, even those who claim to follow Christ.
Eavesdrop, for a moment, on our rhetoric.
“I want to go where I’m fed” – not where we can learn to feed ourselves, much less feed others.
“I need to be ministered to,” as if ministry in the life of the Christ-follower is something that happens to us, instead of something we make happen through us for others.
This from a people whose Savior said,
“I did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”
“Whoever wants to be great among must become the slave of all.”
Sadly, a spiritual narcissism has invaded our thinking where the individual needs and desires of the Believer have become the center of attention.
Do you see this happening in your world as well?
Why do you think we’ve become so self-focused?