Proverbs 17:15 states, “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.” (KJV) All verses in the Bible are important of course, but this one strikes me as being especially important in these days where Narcissistic Personality Disorder is so prevalent.
So many people have similar reactions when someone tells them that they were abused at the hands of a narcissist. They often defend the narcissist, saying something along the lines of he or she probably didn’t mean what was said THAT way. They excuse the abuse because the narcissist was abused as a child or some other equally lame excuse. They also may minimize or even deny the abuse ever happened. One of my aunts referred to the abuse I endured at the hands of my parents as “childhood hurts”, & told me I needed to get over them.
As bad as such behaviors are, a person condemning a victim is even worse in my opinion.
According to Merriam- Webster’s online dictionary, to condemn someone means “to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence and without reservation/ to pronounce guilty.” Telling someone who has been subjected to horrific cruelty that they are wrong or evil for the abuse that they had to endure is simply reprehensible! Subjecting such a person to harsh judgment or blaming the victim for “making” their abuser hurt them are also reprehensible behaviors!
Treating someone in these ways can create a great deal of unnecessary toxic shame in them, adding to the already large amount that the narcissist in their life created. Anyone who does this, in my opinion, is a sorry excuse for a human being. However, my opinion isn’t really what matters here. God also has some very strong feelings on this behavior.
Also according to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word abomination means, “a thing that causes disgust or hatred.”
Can you imagine God, the loving, compassionate, kind & gracious God who created the universe & everything in it, feeling that way towards a person He has created? It seems impossible, doesn’t it? But it isn’t impossible! It happens & probably more often than we care to admit.
As much as God loves His entire creation, even He has limits & no tolerance for certain things. The next time you are subjected to someone either defending or excusing the narcissist who has abused you, or blaming you for the abuse, I urge you to remember Proverbs 17:15. When you do, remember, that people like this need prayer though so if you feel able to do that, then please pray for them & guard your heart against their toxicity getting inside of you. Remember, what they say is WRONG, so protect yourself against their lies taking root in your heart & mind.