Today’s prompt: Paint
: to make (something) whiter by painting it with whitewash
: to prevent people from learning the truth about (something bad, such as a dishonest, immoral, or illegal act or situation)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.~~Matthew 23:27
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. ~~Acts 17:11
One of the biggest differences between Christ and the modern church, and I mean this is so noticeable that I can’t believe I’ve never heard a sermon on it, is that Christ was all over the Pharisees about their lies and deceptions. It didn’t matter to Him that they were the leaders of the church, He knew they were lying, He knew they were twisting God’s word to benefit themselves, and He called them out on it. All. The. Time.
In the church, we are more likely to hear a sermon on the evils of Hilary Clinton, or how gay marriage is going to bring about the apocalypse, than we are on Christ’s words against the religious establishment. In fact, just broaching the subject will get you shut down faster than any other subject. I could probably swear at church as much as I do at work and people would be less upset than they are when I mention how evil James Dobson’s teaching on abusive marriages is and how he has likely gotten many people killed over the years following his advice. Or about all the things Mark Driscoll has done. And what about Josh Duggar and the way his wife was forced to claim that she had some fault in his evil deeds? Yeah, swearing is definitely more acceptable.
Today we do not have a new crisis on our hands. We have the same exact problems Christ confronted when He walked the earth. The leaders tried to shut Him up as well. Throughout the life of the church this has been a constant problem. Evil people work their way into places of authority, and the sheeple (as a friend of mine calls them) just follow along, unquestioning.
In talking with Christians who defend these false teachers, it seems they are afraid they will lose their faith in God if they do. It’s such a weird idea. How can the fact that a human being is a false teacher cause a person to question the validity of their faith? Even Atheism has it’s share of false prophets so what is it we are truly afraid of?
Have we made Dobson and Piper and Chapman, et al, into our gods in place of Christ?
Question 2: Why can’t we question the teachings of the leaders? Christ did.