Crowds and Such

I just brushed past the opening of Luke 12 in a previous post.

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops…"
Luke 12:1-3, esv

106_1187There were so many people gathering together that they were trampling each other. This is not a good thing – people getting hurt, maimed, killed for the sake of whatever cultural event. We’ve seen it in soccer matches, concerts, and Tiffany or the Backstreet Boys at the mall, and it’s never regarded as a good thing. And just then, as the people are climbing all over themselves in reckless abandon, Jesus speaks to His disciples about the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. The image that’s coming to mind isn’t pretty. The disciples are hearing Jesus’ words like a voice over, while waching the bodies push and claw and pull and drag down the people around them.

Maybe that’s a viewpoint of "hypocrisy" that we haven’t gotten ahold of yet, that when we try to hide the truth or hide from the truth, we get caught up in this ripping and maiming and ugliness. Maybe it’s our own collective hypocrisy that’s created the culture around us.


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