Not just a pinkie swear

You just know they’re lies when you hear them:

“15 days to flatten the curve…”

“My door is always open…”

“I will be faithful…uphold and maintain the Constitution and all other law of the Republic…”

But they’re easy lies to tell. Everybody kind of figures they’re a lie and there are never any earthly consequences for uttering them.

Having no more weight than a pinkie swear.

I used to think that virtue signalling was a modern phenomenon, but its as old as the hills. People saying the right things to demonstrate wokeness and garner praise. Or making moves, or engaging in ritual just to be seen.

I missed that it was Palm Sunday when it came aound this Easter eve. I full intended to situate myself around Easter but missed a key event in the build up to it.

How many people milling around in Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday failed to realise the significance of that date and the triumphal entry?

And just backtracking slightly, how many people going out to the desert to see John the Baptist were virtue signalling? At least some of them. John could see right through the Pharisees or Sadducees, calling them fakes:

He cautioned them…


https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+3%3A8&version=NIV

And I don’t want to be like the Pharisees or Sadducees. Like faith, repentance is something I can walk in (i.e. a pattern of things I can do to demonstrate that it is legit).

The Pharisees were legal puritans. The haughty Saul a perfect example before he became Paul. I never want to be like Saul (the pronunciation is Sha’ul – I’ve been saying it wrong all these years). I want to be more like the apostle Paul who walked in repentance and faith, sincerely failing and succeeding.

True repentance is markedly different than just appearing righteous. Showing that they were ready for the Messiah by coming to John to be baptised. But it was fakery, it was virtue signalling. The Pharisees and Sadducees had elevated pretence to an art form. So slick they could slide uphill.

Authenticity is far less polished. Repentance is a doing word and is in fact a story, interspersed with lessons learned the hard way.

I need to make sure my heart is clean.

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