This past Wednesday night in our new study of Jeremiah, he accused Israel by saying that their repentance was a pretense. I am reminded of how parents teach their children. When they did something wrong we tell them to go say you’re sorry. And, they go and say, Sorry. Were they sorry or were they only saying – Sorry – because we told them to say they were sorry. It raises an interesting question for us: Have we ever practiced pretense repentance?
Not only pretense repentance, but pretense religion? There is a Peanuts cartoon where Lucy is saying her prayers. She says to Linus, I was praying for greater patience and understanding, but I quit… I was afraid I might get it! Have you ever wanted something, only to get it, then not want what you got?
Have you ever practiced pretense prayer? How about pretense love? How about pretense kindness? And the list can go on and on.
Romans 12:9 says: Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good. I like that, Let love be genuine. Let repentance be genuine. Let prayer be genuine. Let kindness be genuine. And the list can go on and on