The most effective liars are attractive people of influence and talent. They are leaders who possess what most people want: power, money, and the bling they bring: beauty, clothes, cars, homes, toys, popularity, and influential friends--even within the church.
What makes their lies most effective is a subtle combination of right and wrong, good and bad. They mix truth in a pot of lies. Then they serve up the meal to the weary, struggling, and unsuspecting patrons on lovely plates.
Jesus said, 'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence' (Matthew 23:25). They not only say one thing and do another, but they encourage their followers to do the same.
'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves' (Matthew 23:15).
Almost the entire chapter of Matthew 23 is devoted to a denouncement of their lifestyle. Jesus' condemnation of religious hypocrites and liars is longer than His Sermon on the Mount--possibly because the most successful liars prevented people from receiving His words in the first place.
We have to remove the curse in order to receive the blessing.
The most effective liars of our day aren't much different from those of 3,000 years ago, except that media has magnified their influence beyond human measure. Countless people grow up watching the lives of the rich and famous to attend church with the successful and attractive.
Actors, models and talent for Christ must raise a new standard--one that is built solely on the Truth, which is Jesus: His Words, His Actions, and His great commission.
To Be Continued ...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Lies series.