Friday, October 26, 2018

Hypocrites?

Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.  You hypocrites!  You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Do we interpret the present time as one of discord, anger, hate, intolerance, ambivalence, cruelty, and fear?  Those of us with eyes should see.   We can predict the sky and earth, that is, the weather, but we sure don’t do very well when it comes to predicting human behavior and political maneuvering, except perhaps it’s easier to sow that discord, etc. instead of love, compassion, and understanding.

We tend to say one thing, and do the other when it comes to tolerance.   Not everyone of course, but too many willing to be or support hypocrites.

Jesus wants us to interpret the present times, and then act accordingly.  With the mid-term elections on the horizon, we don’t want our decisions to prompt Jesus to say, “You hypocrites!  You say you love me and follow me, but you act otherwise.”   We track hurricanes, but not so much our own destructive behaviors.

Deacon David Pierce

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