Sometimes I think I am just going crazy.
You know, how you feel when you start drawing
comparisons between disparate phenomenon, then you think, “I must be nuts to
Recently, watching some self-absorbed ‘woke’
young ranting and raving over a newly discovered violation of economic equality,
I thought, “You know, these young socialists are all egomaniacs”.
I felt so insecure in such a brash and
imprudent linkage that I reached for the phone and called up my most trusted
shrink, Dr. Ann A. Lyst, PhD, SUDOE, to see if I was going off my rocker or,
She answered the phone in her usual lyrical yet
professional voice, “Dr. Lyst, how may I improve you?”
I quickly related my concern and then we got
right down to the nitty-gritty.
“Dr. Lyst”, I started, “It seems that the
recently ‘educated’ are coming up with the most wild, impractical and petulant
ideas in order to remake the world according to their self-manufactured ideas
of what ‘perfection’ should look like.
Does giving free rein to their egos in this manner qualify as a
‘egomaniacal’ trait or, am I going whacky?”
She gently assured me that I was probably okay
and that it was typical of egomaniacs to think that they are the greatest in
the world and consequently they often advanced schemes that were unconnected to
reality, detached from history and contemptuous of proven opinion.
I sighed a breath of relief that maybe I really
was okay. Emboldened, I continued, “Then
would the fact that they always seem so impressed with themselves, utterly
lacking in humility, to the point where they are almost god-like in their
insistence that others order their lives around what they think is right and
proper also be indicative of an overly exercised ego?”
“Absolutely”, she replied, “Extreme
self-confidence and a lack of empathy for others often leads to exactly the
kind of behavior you just described in those with this affliction.”
Breathless, I pushed on, “The fact they are
always trying to restructure reality, in constant revolution against the world
as-it-is qualify as a definer of the condition?
And, how about their constant ridiculing of those who disagree with them
and even incitements of violence against them, are these symptomatic as well?”
She explained that egomaniacs think that their
ideals are even better than what naturally exists, that not even reality
supersedes their concepts of how things should be. And, that their typical lack of maturity and
their cold, calculating cruel streak are also defining traits of egomaniacs.
And, “Why are they always so angry?”, I asked
Because they are mad that the reality that
exists doesn’t match what they “know” to be right in their own minds, she
“I’m really not going crazy”, I thought to
myself as we said our good-byes.
Relaxed, after her reassuring comments, my
mental wheels started to turn again – How then would a Christian compare to a
Well, to start with, the Christian does not let
their ego loose, rather they attempt to harness it to the will of Christ. Christians beg for the mind of Christ to be
within them and for the diminishment of their own will/ego where it is in
conflict (sin) with Gods.
This is just the opposite of the egomaniac who
totally trusts in his own ideas, capacities and abilities.
Christians seek to minimize their own desires
& ideas and make every effort to replace them with Kingdom principles so as
to accomplish Kingdom purposes.
What a contrast! The egomaniac socialist - cock-sure that
their ego, their self-will is purer than Gods’ (if they even think He exists)
and the Christian - trying to live so as to actualize Gods’ will and not their own!
A true Christian must be entirely consistent,
allowing Christ to transform not only himself but, the world as well. By definition, humble, acknowledging their
own incapacity for good, their weakness and innate sinfulness and consequent
need for and reliance on Christ.
The mentally ill socialist meanwhile,
controlled by their pride and selfish desire to be in control, spend trillions
on secular schools, secular hand-outs and, radical secular social and economic
schemes – all to no avail, as anybody with half an eye can see.
Meanwhile, Christianity marches on, giving
birth to the great ideas – hospitals, science, universities, churches –
transforming hearts and minds and, when ascendant, cultures.
So, assured by the good doctor that my ideas
are not totally crazy, I can end my day praying for a government governing by
negative law, as the Bible does (see the Ten Commandments, for example).
And, praying against positive law government
where the citizens intelligence, initiative and ideas are replaced by the
egomaniacal law-giver who makes decisions for their subjects, telling them how
they must live, who they must associate with, forcing their ideas on their
charges in every area of life.
Eventually taking away the people’s property, freedom and, in the end,
even their very personality and manhood.
May Christians everywhere war against those
false ideas which seek to enslave men.
In the spiritual realm warring through prayer and in the corporeal world
through every peaceful means in the economic, educational, civil, religious and
By Terry Applegate