now that I have your undivided attention

"Undivided Attention" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Undivided Attention” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

There’s a lot of this going around. Isn’t there? It’s a strange phenomenon, but an old one.

Some leaders like the attention they receive and if we’re discerning enough we begin to realize that this is the content of their message: them! Nothing but them.

It’s a whirlpool of narcissism. Once you stick even your toe into it, the deeper you get sucked into the adoration of their personalities and to the service of their egocentric agendas.

The answer is to not even go there because once you’re in it takes a miracle to get out.


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4 Responses

  1. Matt says:

    All you have to do is pick up a Christian ministry magazine and count the pics and bios of “key” leaders, apostles, prophets and revivalists and you will see the narcisism clearly. Little emphasis on Jesus Christ, big emphasis on the celebrity pastor. Sometimes the message doesn’t need to be verbal when those with open eyes can see it.

  2. and it’s not just in the Christian world

  3. terri jo says:

    I was parented by folks with a heavy dose of narcissism….. It made me ripe for a submissive and people-pleasing “Yes-Girl” personality. And also to fall deeply into adoration with many “spiritual” leaders. After many long years of soul-searching and shedding toxic residue from my past, I reconnected to my own PERSONAL POWER. Intuitively, I smell stinky fish in the form of narcissists and control freakish ‘esteemed spiritual leaders’ like nobody’s business. And promptly move on. Also, it is getting easier to move on. Sometimes I stay if the situation could be helped by some compassion and guidance from the flock, and willingness and humility on the part of leadership. I have experienced this as well.