Whitewash (The Lie)
Because they lead my people astray, saying, “Peace,” when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, “Where is the whitewash you covered it with?”” Ezekiel 13:10-12
Do the photos on your Facebook wall reflect God’s perfect image? Is what you tweet or chit-chat about cohesive with having a mouth for worship? The supposed prophets in the above quote really weren’t who they wanted you to think they were. They were faking it. They were pretending they were something they were not. Not only that, they threatening God’s name and the church by doing so.
Countless people try to fake it. Whether it’s for their friends, family, or for themselves, many pretend they are Christians when they have no trust, care, or understanding of God–no relationship with him. It might seem easy to cover it up, but really–it isn’t. It’s a sin against the church. Don’t believe me? Just look at what happened to Ananias and Sapphira.
Just like the lying prophets from Ezekiel, Ananias and Sapphira set a terrible example for the church, and God knew that at that point in the early church, the congregation may not have recovered from this rebellious act, causing more and more followers to fail. God values his church and his people so much that he doesn’t want any half-hearted efforts or corruption. He wants to bless us, he wants to love us, but he also wants some enthusiasm. This works hand-in-hand with Tuesday’s message on being lukewarm versus being on fire for Christ. But to be on fire, we need to live literally honest-to-God. We need to live passionately, promoting the church; strengthening the Body of Christ. There is only so much that can threaten this body, but one of those things is corruption and lies from the inside.
Throwing white paint on a broken wall may make it look better, but it doesn’t fix it. We need to do more than whitewashing our broken lives. With Christ, we can be truly repaired. Just the same, living like something you aren’t is never a good idea, especially when you’re pretending to be a Christian. Even aside from all this, sooner or later you’re going to be exposed if you’re only faking it. At some point, those who really follow God will be separated out from those who are simply whitewashing their stained lives.