Me, Myself, and I
In our time, we are surrounded by danger. One of the greatest dangers is the love of self. The naturalistic worldview that atheists, and others, espouse demands selfishness. It demands that they look out for their own interests above others. It demands that their own well-being is more important than others. Of course, many will deny this, but their worldview demands it. If they do not accept this then they are inconsistent. While many would dismiss that the naturalistic worldview creates people who are in love with themselves we still see the evidence of this worldview in our culture. Here are some quotes from some well-known people.
Selfishness is a survival skill. Infants are the most selfish creatures on the planet. If they weren’t, the species would die out.
As children mature, they become more considerate of others. But in some ways, children have it right and we adults have it wrong. We’re supposed to think of our own needs. Self-sacrifice is not a virtue – it’s hazardous to your health. -Carolyn Edgar, Blogger
Come over here and sit next to me, I’m dying to tell you all about myself. -Oscar Wilde
I have found within myself all I need and all I ever shall need. I am a man of great faith, but my faith is in George Gordon Liddy. I have never failed me. -George Gordon Liddy
This list could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. It doesn’t matter if the quote comes from a famous Irish poet or a relatively unknown blogger, selfishness is all around us. This can create a society that is obsessed with self. When this obsession happens, and I would suggest that it already has, Christians are going to be enticed to do the same. Even if we feel that we need to become more selfish to survive in an ever-growing secular society, we must not forget the wise words of the apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-5:
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
Paul is writing to Timothy in this letter. Timothy was a leader in the church. Paul begins by saying that there will be difficult times ahead. He then gives a variety of reasons for the trouble that Timothy will face, but the first one stands out to me when Paul says, “For people will be lovers of self.” Paul knew what people’s hearts were like because Paul was once one of them. Paul knew that people would love themselves rather than lovers of God. While Paul was specifically writing to Timothy in the early church we can still apply his words to us today.
This attitude is all around us just like it was in Timothy’s time. This is why Paul ends this section by warning Timothy to, “Avoid such people.” Paul isn’t saying that we should not have any contact with selfish people, rather we should not be connected with selfish people. When we are intentionally spending time with selfish people we run the risk of becoming like them.
Surrounding yourself with people who have a me, myself, and I attitude is bad for your spiritual health.
Thanks for reading.