Filthy is such a, well, filthy word. Even when it’s not associated with dirt, like filthy rich, it still sounds so negative. I like the word feculent. It sounds so upper crust, don’t you know. One could say “Oh, I love your feculent hair,” and one whose vocabulary was normal, would consider it a compliment. Deceptive, isn’t it?
It’s easy to smile at someone and say something that sounds nice but it isn’t really what is meant. I’ve heard a lot of folks talk about people who seem to feel the need to ask questions such as, “How does this blouse look?” What’s a good response: 1) “Oh, very nice, dear.” or 2) “Well, it’s a nice blouse, but it looks a bit tight on you today.” There are some people who would handle number two. And then there are some that would be offended and respond curtly, “What? Are you saying I’m fat? I know I’ve gained fifty pounds but I’m stressed and what right do you have to accuse me of being fat?”
So we lie. Or at least I lie. Perhaps you don’t. Perhaps you say what you feel and fan the smoke away as best you can. That’s good. Personally, I think we are all wear a mask most of the time; we don’t say what’s on our minds, of exactly what we feel. It’s just a little white lie, right? There’s a scripture about speaking the truth in love. It means to say what is true, regardless of circumstances of another’s “feelings.” But it’s motive is to help, not tear down a person. It’s about showing loving kindness as we speak the truth. “Well, dear, the blouse is nice. And you look very nice, but it’s a little tight here and there.” Saying it nicely.
Perhaps that’s a silly example. The point is about motives. It’s one thing to choose not to potentially offend a person and actually do or say something that purposefully leads a person wrong. To use the “How does this blouse [or shirt] look” question. What is I ask it while I dress for a job interview. What if you don’t want me to get the job. So you answer that it looks great on me when it really doesn’t. It’s all about motive. It’s about loving kindness extended to people close to us and to people who are not necessarily close. It’s a filthy shame that we seem to constantly deceive one another in little ways; the little things we do lead to other things, bigger things.
The bigger things are summed up in a scripture:
. . . Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
It’s the way it is in our “modern” society. There are appearances of goodness, light, that within are nothing but darkness of evil. Churches are not immune to the deceptions of false teachings, especially when those teachings seem to look innocent. Take yoga, for example. It’s become somewhat accepted in churches, yet it doesn’t lead toward the Lord Who is our G-d. Rather it leads to an inner emptiness that eventually turns the practitioner away from the Master of the Universe.
We avoid deception, from what ever source it may come, by our relationship with G-d through His Son Y’shuaJesus. The Spirit of G-d empowers this relationship. We also maintain our balance in our life by our reading, digesting, the Scriptures, which are the Word of G-d to us.
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .