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“…fear, hypocrisy and hatred, the three hounds of hell…need have no dominion”-Jesus and the Disinherited, Howard Thurman
Hypocrisy and Hatred
I only recently came across the above assertion that there are three things which are the fruit of evil. For Thurman to specify these concepts with such clarity suggests that there is sufficient evidence around us to back up his claims.
I have written about fear in previous blogs as I can relate to times of timidity and doubt in life, career and parenting. A few years ago, I sought wisdom from the Proverbs to understand how endemic hatred can be, even in the lives of those who have been blessed materially. Hypocrisy, the third hound, is one of those silent sleepers that is dangerous by virtue of its ability to creep up on you unannounced.
A hypocrite appears one way on the outside but is quite different on the inside. The interior and the exterior, therefore, are not the same. Perhaps we all have a bit of hypocrite in us and it is, typically, unintentional. But it’s there.
Especially because of my desire to practise a spirituality that is genuine and wholesome, I am an easy target for hypocrisy. Why? I can end up confusing religion with spirituality and so corrupt the purity of an intimate connection with the Divine that is centred on love and authenticity.
You see, religion is a foundational pillar of national life and yet it can become overshadowed by human traditions. When that happens, we miss the heart of spiritual living. Our loyalty becomes rooted to our well-established practices and we lose sight of justice and grace. People become statistics and projects, rather than fellow sojourners made in the image of God. Hypocrisy dwells here and is hard to dislodge. Be alert.
Living with Love
I invite you to see whether the trappings and pace of life have caused you to drift from the man or woman that you were created to be, a person with beauty and the potential for living a life of love.
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