Thursday, October 15, 2009

Living Among Hypocrites

As I look at the world around me, I continue to see the truth of Solomon's words,
"Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?"
Those on the "left" claim to have a deep concern for the poor, but many of their leaders live in luxury. Those on the "right" claim to be concerned for morality and truth, but many of their leaders have been involved in immorality and deceptive fundraising practices.

The question thus poses itself, "How do we live in a world of hypocrites?" Two thoughts come to mind:

First, we should personally be men and women of integrity. When people tell us that "everyone is doing it," we should ask them and ourselves, "Do you do it? Do I do it?" Solomon also said,
"Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil."
Second, we should be careful to look at the lives of people, not just listen to their words. Jesus advised His followers to watch out for those who appear to be innocent on the outside, but inside they are "ferocious wolves." How would they know them?
"By their fruit you will recognize them."
A dear friend used to ask, "How can you mount up with wings like an eagle when you live in a world of turkeys?" After making sure that you really are an eagle, you decide to fly above the "turkeys." To not only claim to have unfailing love, but to actually have it.

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