What Our Words Can Never Say

You hypocrites... give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar -- and to God what belongs to God

Matthew 22:18,21
Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 96:1,3-5,7-10; I Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21

Emerson wrote: “What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” -1 Indeed, actions not words are most important. These days, we don’t have to look past the morning news to find glaring examples of such hypocrisy – the “do as I say, not as I do” condition that has plagued humanity throughout the ages. More than one-hundred years ago, a religious snob, who liked to appear full of virtue, said to Mark Twain, “Before I die, I’m going to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. I shall climb to the top of Mount Sinai and read the Ten Commandments aloud!” To which Twain replied, “I have a better idea! Why don’t you stay right at home and keep them?”

Now listen to the Word of God spoken through the Prophet Amos some 2,800 years ago:
I hate and despise your feasts,
I take no pleasure in your solemn festivals,
I reject your oblations
Let Me…

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