Beware of the Pretenders

posted Nov 5, 2017, 2:36 PM by web feat
Throughout the Bible, Old and New Testament, we are warned of those who are high and mighty, but whose lives don't reflect what they preach. In fact, it can be the exact opposite.

Micah warns:
The leaders of Jacob and
    the leaders of Israel are
Leaders contemptuous of justice,
    who twist and distort right living,
Leaders who build Zion by killing people,
    who expand Jerusalem by committing crimes.
Judges sell verdicts to the highest bidder,
    priests mass-market their teaching,
    prophets preach for high fees,
All the while posturing and pretending
    dependence on God" 
(Micah 3)

And Jesus uses strong words to warn as well:
“The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer...

An how are we to live differently?
...“Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty." (Matthew 23 from Eugene Peterson's "The Message")

Yes, we are called to actually live our faith, as humble servants, recognizing the "pretenders" for the fakes they are, and giving our lives in service to others.

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