“Best and Worst”

Would you allow a camera crew to follow you around for a week and film your every action to be telecasted for everyone to view?  The world loves to belittle, ridicule and mock just about anyone’s weak and embarrassing moments.  Several current TV programs are based on such bad behavior.  Most Christians might believe that their best behavior would greatly outweigh their worst.  Let’s take it a step further.  What would that behavior look like if we didn’t know it was being filmed?  What if our every thought were somehow exposed too?  I daresay no one would be guiltless under such scrutiny.

The scripture calls our inner thoughts the heart (Pr 4:23-24) (Mk 7:21).  Mark quotes Jesus in this last reference, “…Out of men’s hearts come evil thoughts…” A long list of these includes greed, arrogance and envy.  He was speaking to the religious leaders of the Jewish teachers of the Law and the Pharisees who thought of themselves as superior morally to all others.  He also called them hypocrites.  Jesus can read men’s thoughts and intents as we discover in the case of a Pharisee named Simon and a well-known sinful woman (Lk 7:36-50).

We can often witness the best and worst of human behavior in the secular world in one ½ hour newscast.  People saving a child or animal from death in a parked car during the intense summer heat is one example.  Rioting and looting by a mob is the other side.

Unfortunately, Christians can also display both types of behavior within a short period of time.  The Apostle Paul bemoans this fact in his letter to the Romans.  “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” (Rom 7:19) We can leave a worship service inspired and full of love for the brethren and within a few minutes use unkind and hurtful language to our children and drivers of other cars (Jas 3:9).  What is the remedy for this best then worst behavior? REMEMBER (Php 4:8) REPENT (Lk 13:3) (Acts 17:30) REPEAT (Mt 3:8) (Gal 6:9)

–Jim Bailey