one who says a certain thing but lives a different way—he is actually two dif ferent people—a “Jeckyll and Hyde.” We are individually four different peo ple in one. For instance, I am the per son that outsiders know. I am the per son my family know. Then I am the person only I know. And finally, I am the person God and God alone knows. Historically, a hypocrite in the olden days was an actor. Before he went on the stage he would put on a mask then pre tend to be someone whom he really was not. For the few moments of the play, he changed his identity. There are many people today who attend church, who may know all of the songs, who may even be members, but who have never taken off the mask and are liv ing as hypocrites. In Matthew 7:22 and 23 we read of those who came to the Lord and said, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” To this the Lord Jesus turns and says, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” There are some who may be very busy in the Lord’s service but who have never had the mask of self, the old man, removed to let them see themselves as God sees them. Service is not enough. If this commandment teaches us anything, it reveals the danger of entering God’s sanctuary with unwashed hands and heart. You see, God’s name may be tak en in morality which we face today, however, there is the profanity of the life by one who may attend church but who has never personally placed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Sav iour. The Ten Commandments provide a mirror into which me must look and seek our sinfulness and degradation. Prayer without practice is blasphemy! And having thus looked, God would have us turn our eyes upon Him who is the Lord of life, Jesus Christ, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh to the father but by me!” Take off the mask and receive salvation, full and free, the gift of'Almighty God.
W HO SE D E L INQU EN CY ?
We read in the papers We hear on the air Of killing and stealing, And crime everywhere We sigh and we say, As we notice the trend— "This young generation, Where will it all end?" But can we be sure That it's their fault alone? That maybe a part of it Might be our own? Too much money to spend; Too much idle time, Too many movies Of passion and crime. Too many books Not fit to be read; Too much of evil In what they hear said. Too many children Encouraged to roam By too many parents Who won't stay at home. Youth don't make movies; They don't write the books That paint a gay picture Of gangsters and crooks. They don't make the liquor, They don't run the bars. They don't make the laws And they don't buy the cars. They don't make the drugs That addle the brain; It's all done by older folk greedy for gain.
And how many cases We find that it's true The label "Delinquent" Fits older folk too.
— Author unknown
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