At that age, she lived in El Salvador and told how people were either very rich or poor and there wasn't a lot in between. Her school let out at 3:00 PM and the kitchen was open for kids who were poor to come and get some food. One day, in particular, there was a woman driving up to the school in a very long car, she assumed she was one of the very rich people. At the site of this visitor one of the priests shoo the poor children away so that the woman would not see the line of tatered clothed children waiting to be given a handout. This act appauled her. She told of how in class they were taught to be kind and do the right thing, but then she witnessed the unkindness of one of the people who was supposed to lead her. At home, she told her mother that she did not want to go back there and that the school only wanted their money and didn't care about the kids. Her mother went down to the school with her to talk to the priest and she called him out, at thirteen years old, and told him that he could not deny what he did because she saw it and he knew it.
She saw hypocrisy and it enraged her.
A while back, as she and I visited, she told me the story about her daughter's ex-husbands family. I can't remember how this conversation came about either. She retold a little bit today for our other friend to hear. The mother-in-law said that she was a Christian and talked about Jesus, but she could not see kindness and care of other people in this person's life. My friend wants nothing to do with church because she has seen people talk about Jesus and the things he taught and the importance of him and how he taught others to live, but they don't practice it for themselves. This breaks my heart. What good do words do if they are not backed by action? Christ didn't come to just give us a new philosophy, so we could talk about nice things and then turn our backs and walk the other way and live in a way that denies we ever knew him. When you boil it all down, believing Jesus has everything to do with one thing, he paid the penalty for our trespasses against God, we sin when we break God's law, and we are all guilty of that. He served the death penalty for us. He came back to life and he gives new life to those who believe him and put their trust in what he did. A true Christian doesn't just talk the talk but lives it out. No, no one does it perfectly, but there should be crystal clear evidence that the sinful self has died with Christ and the new self has risen with Christ.
Hypocrisy is a deadly weed. Deceiving yourself into believing that you can talk about things and not live like you believe them is deadly not only to yourself but to others.
Lesson: If you are a believer in Jesus, live like it because other people are watching to see if what you say you believe match up to what you actually do. Actions speak louder than words and your life speaks the truth about you at the very core, just as the Bible speaks the truth about God. If you are not a believer in what Jesus did to make peace between you and God, be careful not to look to people to see what God is all about. Look to what God has to say and you can do that by checking it out in the Bible. The Bible app is free!