HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Dec. 14, 2016-THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“How can you worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?” -Gordon B. Hinckley
Continually, as we walk our spiritual path, we will find ourselves out to be hypocrites again and again. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Remember, all have sinned and come short of God’s glory. Hypocrisy can, however, become a terrible thing when we’re aware of it and we knowingly possess double standards. In my own life, one of the most common hypocrisies for Christians is how we view the life of Jesus in comparison with the lives of others.
Let us never forget that Jesus was a homeless revolutionary, born among animals, who made it a habit of hanging out with reformed murders, thieves, and prostitutes. Now, let’s consider meeting someone one like this personally. Would we question what kind of person they really were? Would we look down on them for their station in life, for their friends, or for their differences in ideas about God and spirituality?
In this holiday season, with so many people scared, suffering, and in need, are we guilty of neglecting, passing up, and looking down on men and women who have struggled similar to that of Jesus? Are we guilty of worshiping a homeless man on Sunday only to ignore them for the rest of the week? Remember, we have all sinned and come short of the Glory of God. There is nothing wrong with being wrong, but it can greatly affect your walk with God when you are knowingly in the wrong and continue to pursue your own agenda.
Today’s Action: Examine your own life, pray and ask questions. Are there areas in your own life where you can identify hypocrisy? Ask forgiveness, right your path, and continue to serve God to the best of your ability.
Today’s Sharing: Share your own experience of realizing you were in the wrong, how you corrected your path, and how you went on to better serve God. Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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