Virtue of the Week: Sincerity

Friends,

The opposite (vice) of sincerity is hypocrisy, the practice of professing standards and beliefs that are contrary to one’s real character. We would like to put everyone into one box or the other. Either they are sincere or they are a hypocrite. It’s not that easy! As we journey through our lives, a “gap” is sure to exist between the ideals we profess and the concrete behaviors we exhibit. We try and judge ourselves and others in absolutes when the real question should be “Is the gap between what we believe in and what we do getting bigger or smaller?” Are we becoming more sincere or more hypocritical? Our answer to these questions and or continual observance of that “gap” should have a great influence on how we judge ourselves and others. Are we closing the “gap” so that more often we are living what we profess? Or, is that “gap” getting bigger, and our mouths are writing bigger and bigger checks that our concrete actions never cash?

The best sermons are lived, not preached.Cowboy Wisdom
A persons character is shown through their actions in life NOT where they sit on Sunday.Navonne Johns
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.Socrates
These "Fans of Jesus" are the ones that Jesus seems to have the most trouble with. Fans who will walk into a restaurant and bow their heads to pray before a meal just in case someone is watching. Fans who won’t go to R-rated movies at the theater, but have a number of them saved on their DVR at home. Fans who may feed the hungry and help the needy, and then they make sure they work it into every conversation for the next two weeks. Fans who make sure people see them put in their offering at church, but they haven’t considered reaching out to their neighbor who lost a job and can’t pay the bills. Fans who like seeing other people fail because in their minds it makes them look better. Fans whose primary concern in raising their children is what other people think. Fans who are reading this and assuming I’m describing someone else. Fans who have worn the mask for so long they have fooled even themselves.Kyle Idleman

I will be working to close that “gap” this week….how about you?