Although the word “narcissism” may be unfamiliar to many, the concept it stands for is alive and well. Basically, narcissism is love of oneself. It’s practiced best by those who can focus almost entirely on their own needs, in spite of the condition of those around them. A “narcissist” has no problem taking care of number one! Unfortunately there’s far too much narcissism in Christian circles today. There are even throngs of preachers who preach nothing else! Jesus calls us to just the opposite type of focus and thinking. We’re to have empathy for people, thinking of them before ourselves. That’s hard in a nation where we’re handed everything, but that doesn’t change the fact we need to strive to be Christlike in this area too.
“Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.” Philippians 3:19