Scripture: Luke 12:1-12
Key verses: (1-3) Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. 2 Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 3 Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.
Reflection: There is nothing more annoying than someone pretending to a person of faith when they are not. We might have some insight into daily actions that speak to a “double life” or their hypocrisy. There are some people that say they do not come to church because the church is made up of hypocrites.
That is only one type of hypocrisy. In this passage Luke brings to light the reverse form of hypocrisy where pretending NOT to be a disciple is the reality. This is a hypocrisy that does not pretend to be a person of faith but pretends not to be. Believers should not hesitate to share the good news.
People of faith should not be intimidated into silence. The voice of the church and the voice of people of faith are pressured to remain silent because it is too political, too secular an audience, or even because it is not the right time or place. Our voice can bring testimony to the grace, mercy, and peace offered by a God of justice. Let us not keep silent.
Prayer: God, you sent your Son Jesus to lead a revolution of love. He did not remain silent but offered good news. May we join the revolution and speak out with our lives and our love as a witness to you. In the name of the one who leads us. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].