In today’s scripture Romans, Paul cautioned new believers to watch for those who choose what they want to believe from his teaching and then twist it into their own truth.
I’ve always had a side of me that is gullible. I try to keep from letting down my guard and ending up with a big “G” plastered on my forehead. The last time that happened was when my husband and I visited Cherokee, North Carolina. A Native American clerk in a gift shop looked me in the eye and said, “I have a special aura—inherited from my grandmother. Can you see it in my eyes?” As I began to back away from him, he said, “I can tell you things about you.” I kept stepping away, but when he said my mother’s name is “Olive,” I stopped in my tracks and listened to him tell me more facts about my life. He was smooth—believable.
Later, at breakfast, I told Glen about this strange conversation, and he began to laugh. He confessed the clerk had cornered him and asked for information about me to play a little joke. Together they had deceived me. Not funny…
Dear God, let us feel the pain of deceit when we lead anyone astray from the truth. Amen.