Inspiration strikes at the oddest times. This article was inspired by two seemingly unrelated events.
The first event was a, how shall I put it,
quintessentially textbook aggresively in-your-face narcissistic reality TV “star” being indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges including tax evasion, bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, etc (and it’s not the first time!) and invoking God, God, God on Twitter after he pleaded “Not Guilty.”
The second event was me fleeing the bedroom when my husband was watching an exorcism on The Vatican Files.
Those two events reminded me of something I’ve long noticed: when a narcissist is in trouble, 1) they’ll invoke God and 2) they’ll blame demons…and probably you!
I first noticed this pattern in 1995. The year my family fell apart or as I fancifully call it, “the day the music died.” All I know is that Mom was upset about something while Dad seemed very much on the defensive.
But it was a curious kind of defensive. It involved him telling me, “You and your mother are bringing me under demonic attack.”
So traumatic was it to hear that, I remember his words verbatim more than two decades later. Being the trusting, brainwashed, cult-like sap I was, I believed him and bore that shame for two decades. The demon conjurer, that was me. My daddy told me so.
This theme was repeated in 2013 after my grandmother experienced two micro strokes (which left no ill effects.) Dramatically, she told Michael and me, “I do so much good for God, the Devil is attacking me.”
I must’ve been at the end of my tether with narcissists because it instantly tripped my NarcDar…and this was before I’d learned about narcissism.
The egotism! The ingratitude! How about saying, “I’m a lucky old lady. Blessed beyond measure. Those strokes are just the first shots across the bow. God is nigh. Be ready.”
But this article really congealed for me when I read how the aforementioned reality TV narcissist attempted to spin his indictment via Twitter.
Now I know in our enlightened system of government, everyone is supposedly presumed innocent until proven guilty. That is as it should be.
But twelve counts! Indictment! By a grand jury! Not his first time! C’mon! Stop thumping the Bible and lawyer up!
On Twitter, he posted the following:
Trust and believe that we are holding
the right hand of God
on this walk we are on,
if He brings us to it
He will bring us through it.
If I may interject, apparently God directed them in tax evasion, bank fraud, wire fraud. Wow. In my book, this skirts pretty close to blasphemy.
Now the brainwashing begins:
Please don’t fall victim to false prophets…
TRANSLATION: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” – The Wizard of Oz
Now begins the victim-playing and taking-the-high-road:
…pray for them, even though they have wronged you,
forgive them for yourself
and ask God to move them on.
Oh, very classy stuff. He took the high road…and he’ll be in Scotland afore ye (especially if Scotland’s a no extradition country…oh darn…it’s not.)
And here it comes…the finger-pointing, the projection, the clever side-step, the heavily veiled threat:
God delivered much clarity yesterday
as to those who set a net for us…
And the coup de grâce:
God is good,
we drop our hands and
and surrender to God…
Here’s an idea. Instead of tweeting long and loud about God, how about we actually do what He says: “Render therefore unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar.” We can argue about the legality of the IRS til the cows comes home but life’s a lot more peaceful if you just pay your taxes. But of course, if you’d rather invest in in Botox…!
Show me someone who invokes God and blames the Devil when they’re caught in wrongdoing and 99% of the time, I’ll show you a narcissist.