Persecution or Narcissism?

If you don’t like being knocked down, then stand for nothing:

“Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking like I am out of my mind!) I am even more so: with much greater labors, with far more imprisonments, with more severe beatings, facing death many times. 

Persecution“Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with a rod. Once I received a stoning. Three times I suffered shipwreck. A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea. I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers, in hard work and toil, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, many times without food, in cold and without enough clothing.

“Apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxious concern for all the churches.

“Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn with indignation?”

~ Paul, 2 Cor. 11:23-29 (NET)

If your life is generally free of conflict and opposition, then are you honestly standing for what’s true, right and real?

On the other hand…

If you’re constantly being knocked down and thwarted because of unrepentant stupidity, sin and hypocrisy in your life, don’t be cryin’ “persecution”.

That’s just sanctimonious narcissism, plain and simple!

Taking a stand, and occasionally getting knocked down for it, sometimes is unavoidable.

Just be sure it’s for the right reason, however.

~ Jim Wright

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One response

  1. Did you ever consider that the accusation of narcissism against a Christian husband, resulting in his wife’s divorcing of him is really persecution?
    When a man follows Christ as his leader, and sets the pattern in his marriage for clean, moral, God respecting worship, and this man’s ex-wife, a member of a “Christian Feminist” group (an oxymoron!) feeds his new wife with lies and slander about her new husband, and it frightens this woman to the point of obtaining an Order of Protection and a divorce proceeding, without allowing her husband to utter a word in his defense, how can false accusation like this NOT be declared as persecution?
    I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 40 years, and when I left them 5 years ago, they saw the 5,000 posts and blogs I made exposing their false teachings. They responded by destroying my businesses, and my ex-Jehovah’s Witness wife whom I divorced for desertion, contacted my new wife, to destroy all I had been blessed with since leaving their cult.
    I stand for Jesus Christ as my leader, and the accusations of “Narcissist” have had their affect on my life.
    Please don’t be so quick to use that word, for anyone with power from above is going to be labeled and attacked.
    Thanks for considering.
    Joseph

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