Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Get over yourself!

The Babylon Bee is a Christian satire site sort of similar to The Onion. Except, you know,  Christian. And this particular bit of satire is just what the OCD doctor ordered for scrupulous Christians.

Martin Luther and Thomas More may have agreed about very little else, but they did agree that the most effective thing you can do when the devil vexes you is to laugh at him. Pride is his Achilles heal, and being laughed at is something he simply cannot stand.

The same thing applies to religious OCD. It may not be what we want to hear, but sometimes the best thing we can hear while in the throes of scrupulosity is "Get over yourself!" The amount of absolutely ridiculous pride involved in thinking that I am the Greatest Sinner of All Time, the one sinner whose sin is so great that even the blood of Jesus can't wash my guilt away and even the love of God can't save me is actually kind of funny. When we can see it that way, we also see how silly are obsessions can be.

Sometimes the best medicine for scrupulosity is a little humility, and a good, hearty laugh.

ADDENDUM: Seems that I left off the  first"b" in the link to the article. But the link works now, and you can find the article here.