“I’m Batman,” Michael Keaton once told a guy, but deep down they both knew he wasn’t.
When asked, “Are you telling me that you built a time machine…out of a DeLorean?” Christopher Lloyd didn’t exactly admit his latest invention was merely good fiction.
No one considers either of them to be liars, though. They were just playing a part. When people in real life play parts, even if it’s on par with the professional actors, that same understanding doesn’t apply.
For example, there’s a difference between non-gays supporting LGBT equality, and those who attend the annual Denver PrideFest, encounter the over-the-top costumes, and witness the public displays of affection, all without feeling the least bit uncomfortable.
That old cliché, “Easier said than done,” really is one of the greatest truths. It describes most everyone, including more Christians than we care to admit. Much of Jesus’ ministry called for more doing, which is why the all-talk Pharisees so quickly argued with him about everything.
So, he told them this story:
A winemaker with two sons needed help in his vineyard, so he asked the first, “Would you mind working the fields with me today?”
“No,” the son spat. “It’s too hot, and I’ve got way better things to do.” After a while, though, he regretted being so selfish and went out to help.
The winemaker also asked his second son, who replied with an obediant bow. “Certainly, father. Anything you wish.” Only, he never actually did anything.
Matt 21:28-30, paraphrase
“Which son did the father’s will?” Jesus asked his audience, and the answer is just as obvious today: the first one. Rebellious though he was, the first eventually did what his father asked. As for the second, he submitted to the father’s will, but never carried it out, of which so many Christians especially are guilty.
For a while now, I as a Christian have supported fully accepting and loving everyone—including the LGBT crowd, despite whether or not we should think of homosexuality as ungodly. When philosophy meets life, however, sometimes the two are surprisingly different.
After reading an article about US Airways allowing a man to fly in skimpy women’s underwear, a friend and I were discussing how awkward it would be if our young children had been aboard, if we had to answer those questions.
“He just likes to wear girl clothes,” she suggested, in full mommy voice. “There’s nothing wrong with it.”
In my head, though, I questioned whether that type of thing should be allowed—in any public place—and what could have possessed him to ever want to dress that way.
So much for fully accepting and loving everyone.
We frequently claim to others that we act a certain way, believe a certain way, would never do certain things. Maybe we even wholeheartedly believe it ourselves. Until action verifies our words, though, we’re just actors playing a part.
There’s a bit more to walking with God than memorizing a few powerful lines. There’s actual walking involved.
“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves,” (James 1:22 NLT).
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