Saturday, May 03, 2008

They See...

...our true character.


"You want to mess up the minds of your children? Here's how - guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality. Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of do's and don'ts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately... yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it - emotional and spiritual damage will occur". -Charles Swindoll

9 comments:

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

That's so true! We don't fool our children; but we can ruin them if we try.

Heather said...

Yes...I've been busted many a time...with a sweet countenance and spirit at church(cause it is just so easy), but a criticaland pouting spirit at home when things aren't going my way *sigh*...this really really convicted me when I read it.

Free In Christ said...

Lived it, done it. Trying in Christ to correct the wrong we've done.

Daughter of the King said...

OUCH....to us who have grown children....
Hypocrisy knows no age....and I am, and have been guilty as well
Deby

Laura said...

Powerful! Timeless! Truth!
Would you mind Heather if I linked your blog at my blog?

Laura

Mishel said...

Excellent quote! Is this from one of his books? This is something that has been on my heart a lot lately--something we talk about often in our home as well. I've struggled with this (external religion), especially in our early years of h'schooling--and both of my kids have struggled with it. As a family, we have experienced the fallout from it--and we've known others who have been burned by it. I could go on and on.... : )

Have you ever visited Alyssa's blog at Resolved to Worship? You can get to it from either mine or Ash's sidebar. She has written some very insightful posts regarding this issue--hypocrisy/external religion.

Hugs to you!

Heather said...

Melissa, isn't it such sweet comfort to know that the Lord forgives, restores and gives sufficient grace to bear consequences? Love you

Deby, God is so faithful to forgive us though...what a comfort.

Laura (((welcome!!))) Yes, the truth is liberating isn't it?

Mrs Mishel, It is from one of his books,..the title escapes me at the moment sorry! You *know* the disaster this can ultimately cause as well as I do :( we have witnessed it up close and personal. I know the Lord allowed me to witness the affects of this type of self deceit because I would struggle with it...God is so good. I love seeing His everpresent hand in my life both the chastening and restoring of it. Love you!!

Heather said...

:)

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