I helped my Best Friend in the Whole Wide World move today, and on the drive home I was contemplating the Nature of God.
I do that sometimes, I know you’re all surprised.
Anyway, as I was contemplating the Nature of God, I came to the conclusion that it is impossible to be a solitary Christian, because God is a narcissist.
Let’s look at the evidence: God created all things, but God created humankind in God’s own blessed image. And God so loved the world (everyone sing along) that God sent the Only-Begotten, Jesus Christ to save us from ourselves.
Now Jesus was God, but also a human (The Holy Trinity. It’s wild, ain’t it?) And while Jesus was here on Earth in a human body, he wasn’t proceeded by 144 guys with fancy pants and bullhorns shouting, “God’s here! Fall down and worship him!” The Man Himself was too busy teaching people to reach out to each other, because every single person is a reflection of the One who needs no introduction, God.
“What is the greatest commandment?” the peanut gallery asked Jesus, while he was wandering around, just a dude with some buddies trying to make things a little better. “Love God,” The Man Himself said, “And there’s another commandment just like it, Love your Neighbor.”
So Jesus died and came back and went to heaven (Easter. It’s wild, ain’t it?) and some who heard Him went out and started seeing other people as created in the image of God, and reached out to that image and started a big ol’ circle dance that continues to this day. Even the hermits couldn’t get away from the reach of the image of God reflected in others, there’s always soemone reaching out to them either from a hierarchy in their religious order or people seeking out hermits for spiritual guidance.
You can’t be a Christian in a vacuum. To be a Christian, you have to follow Jesus, the Man Himself, follow Him out into the world, and love those created in the Image of God. Because God loves you, because God created you in God’s own blessed image.
God is totally, totally a narcissist. And that, as they say, is a good thing.