I know many people who are active in their church–publicly active –they take leadership roles and their affiliation with the institution is clearly visible in the community. They have strong working knowledge of the Bible. They can belt out every word of hymns, hands raised in the air. They may even speak in tongues.
My expectations of these folks are higher than for people who do not wear the badge “Woman of God” or “Man of God.” I expect them to follow the Golden Rule, act in a thoughtful and caring manner, love and respect all beings and practice what they preach. That’s what I expect from someone who prominently displays the badge of their religion. If they put themselves out as a model of, let’s say, Christianity, then I want to see Christ-like behavior that I can aspire to.
And yet, the irony is that their every-day behavior often doesn’t match the tenets of their church.
I see this all the time, but it came to mind the other day when someone who clearly had crossed Christ-like boundaries was put in charge of a program to teach people Christ-like behaviors. There couldn’t have been a worse choice.
Other folks I know wave their Bibles even as they sit in judgment, obviously believing that the right-hand chair to God is reserved for them.
Why is that, I wonder? Why such a disconnect between what they say they believe and how they live?
Could it be…. Satan? Of course, I don’t believe in Satan. So. How do they explain it?
That’s right. If you don’t walk the walk, it’s probably best not to talk the talk.