The Spiritual Pissing Contest

A pissing contest, is a metaphor used to describe men trying to "one up" each other by showing off or telling stories, like fish stories, hunting stories, etc.

But in church world, the world I'm in, a spiritual pissing contest is when people are trying to sound more spiritual then others in the room.

Here's how it plays out; your at a gathering, the pastor is there, or some other Christian leader that people want to impress and all of a sudden, someone starts a pissing contest.

"Look at me, aren't you impressed?" 

There's usually stuff said like; "..the other day God showed me..." or something like, "Pastor So-and-So and I are very close, he told me just the other day..." cuz' name dropping is essential in a spiritual pissing contest especially when everyone is listening or at least the important people are listening.

Now that we have so many social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the spiritual pissing contest is everywhere all the time. It's like there's a quota or something that the participants feel they must meet each day. Like say, for every two Instagrams of their kids or the sky, they have to post a picture of a scripture verse, just so everyone knows they are still spiritual and still very active in the contest.

My problem is that I usually try to say something offensive or completely non spiritual during these contest like, "I Loved Rob Bells Book, Love Wins!" or "Drinking is not a sin!" or I'll post a pic of a Katy Perry song playing in my car. Something like that usually makes all of the participants in the contest feel like they have at least beat me for sure.

I know my reaction is not good, but it's better then actually vomiting or rolling my eyes and calling someone an idiot, right?

I think people who have a hard time reflecting Jesus in their everyday life enter these contest more then others. All they have are their words, what they know or who they know in Church-iantiy so, without love, grace, mercy, humility and joy, going before them in a room full of people, they have to at least be able to out-piss everyone. 

I've done it. I'll admit it. And God deals with me every time. He's the only person I am to impress and the ONLY thing that impresses him is my complete faith and trust in Him alone. There's no way to be like Jesus without walking in that. His humility, love, grace and mercy are supernatural and walking in them is not easy. It goes against our human nature, against our insecurities and our need for attention and affirmation. But He can and will help us do it if we really want to please Him alone. There's such peace in that.

I like how Jesus handled a pissing contest in the bible. The Pharisees were the best pissers ever!! When they started throwing scripture at him, flexing their "I know the bible buddy!" muscles, he sat down and wrote in the sand and ignored them. I think he was bored.

I need to respond more like Jesus did. It's really hard for me though, I wish it were easier. But I'm gonna try. I've been asking him to help me to not take the bait, ignore it or at least help me get out of the way when I see the pee starting to spray every where.

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