Monday, December 28, 2015

2016 Postgraduate Course from Midlevel Christianity

A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs never grow on thornbushes, nor
grapes on bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. — Luke 6:44-45

The British Museum in London received an ancient artifact, a painted rock, in 2005. Titled "Early man venturing towards the out-of-town hunting grounds," it featured animals, a man, and a curious tool.


After being on display for three days, the museum removed the artifact from
its exhibit. It turned out that the "curious tool" painted on the rock was a shopping cart! A notorious hoax artist was responsible for
getting it into the museum, where it remained until experts realized the piece was a fake.
THIS IS A STAGED PHOTO! 
(NO SHOPPING CARTS WERE INJURED)

People have the ability to show a certain personality on the outside while being something different internally. And just like the museum's
"artifact," one's outward personality can be seen as legitimate if concealed well enough. However, there will come a time when something--a phone call, a speeding driver, a crisis, will expose the person's true identity. The hoax-life will be revealed. Unless our outward appearance matches our inward appearance, we will be exposed for who we are inwardly.

Jesus said, "A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit" (Luke 6:43).

Likewise, a person claiming to know Jesus as Forgiver and Leader should not go around berating or threatening his or her coworkers. These
attitudes diminish one's potential witness for the Lord, giving those who don't know Jesus "valid" reasons not to believe him. Sooner or later our outward appearances will drown out our inward claims. We should be doing our best to exhibit Christ in the most positive light we can. Otherwise, our words and actions will be revealed as hypocritical.

Let's be real--to ourselves, to others, and to God--and help others to be the same. That way, the only inward thing that will be exposed is the Lord we love and follow.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You wrote: "A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart. — Luke 6:44-45"

Life is not so "black and white." In fact, sometimes good people have a bad attitude, and say and do things that are not good. Conversely, people that are labeled "bad" surprise us by doing good things. Yet, why are we surprised in either of these cases? We live in a fallen world, where "good" people stumble and "bad" people step up and do the right thing."



You also wrote: "People have the ability to show a certain personality on the outside while being something different internally. And... one's outward personality can be seen as legitimate if concealed well enough. However, there will come a time when something--a phone call, a speeding driver, a crisis, will expose the person's true identity. The hoax-life will be revealed. Unless our outward appearance matches our inward appearance, we will be exposed for who we are inwardly."



Rather than considering this to be a 'hoax-life', the triggers (e.g.,a phone call, a speeding driver, a crisis)and the unexpected responses may be indicative of a wounded person that needs healing.In these cases, masks are often used for privacy or for self-protection. Many have been wounded in life, and masks can be used as a shield to prevent further hurts. Yet, when healing occurs, then there is the possibility that the mask may need not be used as frequently as before healing. Furthermore, the actual healing process needs to be guarded to prevent careless individuals from stomping over the hearts and lives of those trying to heal. So, our judgements regarding inauthentic living may greatly miss the mark.

Elizabeth Hogan Hayduk
Former Officer
Canada

Anonymous said...

So pleased to know that no shopping carts maimed - Love your blog!
USA