“Hypocrisy is not a way of getting back to the moral high ground. Pretending you’re moral, saying you’re moral is not the same as acting morally.”Alan Dershowitz
Have you ever run across someone’s post on social media and thought to yourself, ” wow I know this person and they are so not like that in real life”? You stare at the post knowing that what they are portraying themselves as is simply not true. You know it and you know that they know it. But all of their followers seem to go right along with the self created image of that person. But who are you to judge right? I mean who cares if we claim to be something we aren’t as long as everyone thinks we are who we claim to be. We must be doing something right, wrong! This just isn’t true. We will only be who we commit to becoming. If we choose to behave and think like the world then we will be of this world. If we choose to become like Christ, then we will think, behave and be like Christ. It doesn’t matter how much we pretend to be something, if we aren’t actually living out what we proclaim, we are lying to ourselves and others. There is no power in pretending, unless you are an actor for a living but I digress. If we want to shine the light of Christ and serve others well by sharing his teachings, we must follow those teachings ourselves. It does us no good to tell everyone else about the good news of Jesus while never actually applying that goodness to our own lives. We end up being a loud, broken voice that leads others to a live a better life but never living more abundantly ourselves. Simply putting on a show for everyone else to see, while we are ourselves a walking contradiction. So yes, share those scriptures. Talk about what God has done for you, but remember to DO what the scriptures say. Be sure you are also doing what God has asked of YOU to do in his word. Then when those who you share the word with see you, they will know that you live what you say. Let’s chat about Flirting With the Truth.
I chose this topic to discuss today because of revelation that the Lord has given to me recently. He showed me that there are many who are “seemingly” following after the teachings in his word. But the level of seriousness about actually applying his word is not as it should be. Many are flirting with the teachings of Jesus but they are not committed to walking them out in their daily living. Many make themselves “look like” they are interested in following the word of God but in reality they are not faithful to him or to his commands. They simply are entertained by what they read and they walk with others who do the same. Therefore, I felt led to chat about this flirtatious, pretentious, lukewarm, Christian-like behavior in hopes that we would learn about it and avoid it. Perhaps then we can help others to turn away from this mindset as well.
Lukewarm – 1. showing little enthusiasm. 2. moderately warm. 3. lacking conviction, half-hearted.
Flirtation – 1. a short period of casual experimentation with or interest in a particular idea or activity.
Flirting – behave as though attracted to or trying to attract someone, but for amusement rather than with serious intentions.
Pretentious – attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed.
WHO DO YOU LIVE TO PLEASE?
The definitions of those terms say it all, they really do speak for themselves. How many of us are running around posting scripture for amusement and show, rather than to actually be transformed by it. How often are we wasting time showing off what we have obtained and calling it a testimony rather than pride. How often are we bragging on the past glory experiences of God because we do not have the fruit to show from going from glory to glory with him. Trying to ride the wave of past supernatural encounters, healings, deliverance and blessings because we somehow stopped back at the last thing God performed in our lives. We keep aging but some of us are not maturing spiritually. It is time to let go of our infant-like performances to step up onto the mature stage of life. The one where we chase after Jesus like our lives depend on it because they do! No one that we tell about Jesus can actually save us, if we do not depend on him for ourselves, we will still be lost. Romans 2:7-16 says it best.
“7Some people live for God’s glory, for honor, and for life that cannot be destroyed. They live for those things by always continuing to do good. God will give eternal life to them. 8But others are selfish and refuse to follow truth. They follow evil. God will show his anger and punish them. 9He will give trouble and suffering to everyone who does evil—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. 10But he will give glory, honor, and peace to everyone who does good—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. 11God judges everyone the same. It doesn’t matter who they are.12People who have the law and those who have never heard of the law are all the same when they sin. People who don’t have the law and are sinners will be lost. And, in the same way, those who have the law and are sinners will be judged by the law. 13Hearing the law does not make people right with God. They will be right before him only if they always do what the law says.14Those who are not Jews don’t have the law. But when they naturally do what the law commands without even knowing the law, then they are their own law. This is true even though they don’t have the written law. 15They show that in their hearts they know what is right and wrong, the same as the law commands, and their consciences agree. Sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done wrong, and this makes them guilty. And sometimes their thoughts tell them that they have done right, and this makes them not guilty.16All this will happen on the day when God will judge people’s secret thoughts through Jesus Christ. This is part of the Good News that I tell everyone.Romans 2:7-16
God shows us in this scripture that we are to follow his teachings and to live for him with glory and honor. That is the only way we will be able to be saved ourselves no matter how much we think we are helping to guide others. We are to live for God’s glory and honor but doing what is good. It does not matter if we are Jews or not, or if we have heard the law or not. We are all to do good and to honor the Lord with our hearts and thoughts, not with our words. Showing what we know is useless, we will all be judged the same for our sin. If we choose to hear the word of God but still follow after our sinful selves, then we are no different than someone who does not know what the word of God says.
“17What about you? You say you are a Jew. You trust in the law and proudly claim to be close to God. 18You know what God wants you to do. And you know what is important, because you have learned the law. 19You think you are a guide for people who don’t know the right way, a light for those who are in the dark. 20You think you can show foolish people what is right. And you think you are a teacher for those who are just beginning to learn. You have the law, and so you think you know everything and have all truth. 21You teach others, so why don’t you teach yourself? You tell them not to steal, but you yourself steal. 22You say they must not commit adultery, but you yourself are guilty of that sin. You hate idols, but you steal them from their temples. 23You are so proud that you have God’s law, but you bring shame to God by breaking his law. 24As the Scriptures say, “People in other nations insult God because of you.”25If you follow the law, then your circumcision has meaning. But if you break the law, then it is as if you were never circumcised. 26Those who are not Jews are not circumcised. But if they do what the law says, it is as if they were circumcised. 27You have the written law and circumcision, but you break the law. So those who are not circumcised in their bodies, but still obey the law, will show that you are guilty.28You are not a true Jew if you are only a Jew in your physical body. True circumcision is not only on the outside of the body. 29A true Jew is one who is a Jew inside. True circumcision is done in the heart. It is done by the Spirit, not by the written law. And anyone who is circumcised in the heart by the Spirit gets praise from God, not from people.”Romans 2-17:29
We are to seek after praise from God and not from man. We can choose to look like we are “circumcised” or cut apart from the world but our hearts and minds show the truth of who we are. What comes out of us flows from our hearts, no matter how we choose to dress ourselves up. We could never hide what is deep within us from God, pretending to be a child of God is not the same as choosing to live like it. So if we cannot follow the law to become right with God and it is his Spirit who helps us to be set apart from the world; how do we allow the Holy Spirit to change our hearts? We must simply ask him to. I have heard it many times before and I will reiterate it. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman, he will not impose himself upon you. If we want a true walk with Christ’s Spirit we must ask him to come in and to do a change in us. He is the one who changes our hearts by cutting away all that is not of Jesus. While changing our hearts, he also renews our minds.
“7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”Proverbs 23:7
“2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”Romans 12:2
So what does it look like to flirt with the word of God? What is it to pretend to be an enthusiastic Christian but to really be lukewarm? A perfect place for us to look is in Revelation 3:14-22.
“14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. 19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me 21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.””Revelation 3:14-22
Glory to God for giving us the ears to hear this message that Jesus so loving gave to us. No one, not even God enjoys Luke-warmness. All of us enjoy relationships that are full of balanced communication and love. We want to be connected with people who love us faithfully. We want from others what we ourselves should be to God. Not following after the nonsense of this world, not conforming to culture, and not wasting time on meaningless talk. We are to spread the love and gospel of Christ Jesus through faith with a pure heart.
“3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.1 Timothy 1:3-8
May the God of all peace fill you his Holy Spirit of truth. I pray that he will give you the strength, disciple, self control and wisdom you need to steer clear of the useless precepts of this world. May God himself bless you with a transformed mind that catapults you into a faith filled devotion to him. Stay diligent in seeking his word for yourself so that you may be able to show yourself approved. Leave behind all who may try to hinder you from walking in wholeness with Christ. Thank you so much for taking time to join me in this discussion. If this post was a blessing to you please tap the like, follow, share and subscribe button so you won’t miss out on future posts. Until our next chat, be blessed.