Trafficking in Unlived Truth

A fellow went to a fried chicken restaurant to get some chicken for himself and the young lady with him.She girlwithchickenwaited in the car while he went in to get the chicken.

Accidently, the manager of the store handed the guy the box in which he had placed the receipts for the day, instead of the box of chicken. He was due to make a deposit, and had camouflaged it by putting the money in a fried chicken box.

The man took his box, returned to his car, and he and his companion drove off. When they got to the park and opened the box, they discovered they had a box full of money. Though perplexed, he realized the mistake, returned to the store, and gave the money back to the manager.

Obviously, the manager was elated! He told the young man to stick around because he wanted to call the newspaper, have his picture taken as the most honest person in the city.

“Oh, no, don’t do that!” said the fellow.

“Why not?” asked the manager.

“Well,” he said, “you see, I’m married, and the lady I’m with is not my wife!” 1

David wrote of those who “speak with a double heart” (Psalm 12:2). The original is, “A heart and a heart,” meaning one for this, and another for something else. 2

D. L. Moody said, “I heard of a well that was said to be very good, except that it had two faults: it would freeze up in winter, and it would dry up in the summer. A most extraordinary well, but I am afraid there are many wells like it! There are many people who are good at certain times; as some one has expressed it, they seem to be good ‘in spots.’” 3

After the Los Angeles riots, Steve Fullerton, of CBC Radio, broadcast an interview with one of the looters. The man had looted a record store. When asked what he had stolen, the man replied, “Gospel tapes. I love Jesus.” 4

Hypocrisy is “trafficking in unlived truth...not taking God seriously.”


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  1. Charles R. Swindoll, Strengthening Your Grip, Grason, Box 1240, Minneapolis, MN, 55440, Copyright 1982, pp. 99 – 100
  2. C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume One, Psalm I to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA, p. 146
  4. Glen Martin & Gary McIntosh, Creating Community,…/341354374186, p. 18
  5. Same source as # 1, p. 198