“The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.”
Have you been getting them too?
Crank calls, I mean.
The kind that pop up using a familiar area code, but are really from some call centre on the other side of the globe trying to wheedle some data out of you. The kind that say they are calling from Revenue Canada about a tax issue, or from some authority asking for your Social Insurance Number to verify your identity.
Don’t you just despise those?
And part of the issue is that they come from someone who is pretending to be someone else.
It gets me.
At the heart is this deep gut desire for truth. For the real deal.
So signs on items made of plastic declaring that they are crafted of ‘genuine leather’ don’t sit well.
If we know the faux from the bona fide, that is.
Here’s why we don’t like hypocrites.
‘The Lord detests double standards…’
We, created in the very image of God, have at our core the instinct that drives us to despise fraud and scams and insincerity and crooked politics and scams aimed at seniors. It’s a built-in radar system, a thirst for justice.
None of us likes to be lied to. Cheated. Tricked, bamboozled, or led down the garden path because these actions aren’t right.
Double standards are double trouble.
Haven’t I, who has been lied to and felt betrayed by it, lied?
Haven’t I, who has been deceived, been a deceiver?
Which is why integrity, honesty, transparency, accountability are such deep and beautiful and -yes, to be honest, hard words. Because we are all in the same boat. We are all deceivers – even if we are only deceiving ourselves.
We need strong characters to always, only, ever tell the truth. To always, only, ever, do the right thing, even when it hurts.
In fact, we could all use a little help in walking that line of genuine faith day after day, week after week, year after year, couldn’t we?
I don’t know about you, but I’d sure like to be known as an honest, fair, and genuine human. I’d sure like to avoid the double trouble of hypocrisy that God Himself despises.
So – make a choice to keep faithfully being and becoming a person of integrity (with God’s help) with me?
Father, we all despise fraud and hypocrisy – but if we are honest, we are all also tainted with it ourselves! Lead us deeper into Your truth and daily guide our decisions and actions so that they will please You! Amen.