concerning people…

Who are you?

Who are you?

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.                   *Nathaniel Hawthorne

I have been spending a good deal of  time thinking about people. What people do, why they do it, when do they decide to do it…oh, the list goes on and on. But my studies are often cut short by one startling observation…. people tend to act disturbingly false. Which both adds to and destroys my study. After all, it seems pointless to take false behavior into consideration too much– or is it?

I wonder- Do people know they are being false….leading “two” lives….or are we all pretty disconnected with our real selves? Maybe it’s a sin-nature vs. righteousness, maybe it’s a wanting to be more than we actually are – or maybe we all simply miss the imagination of our childhood.  It’s possible we are all great actors, maybe all the world is a stage… or maybe we just need it to be, maybe we can’t find comfort in our own skin.  Maybe the dreams and thoughts we have are radical, or boring. Creative, or very plain….. I guess the possibilities are endless.

Whatever the case, I ask, would you prefer to go on living a semi-false existence?  After all, I do not accuse you of being fake on purpose, I think much of this false behavior is celebrated by our culture. Or would you rather just see yourself plainly, and possibly alienate those near you, or even worse alienate yourself?

“The years that are gone seem like dreams–if one might go on sleeping and dreaming–but to wake up and find–oh! well! perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”   * Kate Chopin

 

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One response to “concerning people…

  • Theresa

    Hmmm…

    We can study people all day for weeks and months on end and these questions will never be answered if our Bible sits on our table closed.

    Do people know they are leading false lives? Yep. It’s discontentment. Can a person be truly content apart from Christ? Nope. Where do get this contentment, this fullness of life and joy? The Bible says,
    “You will make known to me the path of life;In Your presence is fullness of joy;In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” (Psalm 16:11)

    As Christians we are commanded to bear witness to Christ. We can’t do that if we are one person at work, one person at home and yet another at church. That is a life full of deceit. We MUST be different from the world. We are aliens here. (I Peter 2:11) So to live a so-called false life is to bear false witness against our Lord. The Bible calls that sin.

    My prayer is that we stop looking to people to figure out what is wrong with them. Let us saturate ourselves with the Word of God. Scripture is very clear about why people do the things they do. And only the Gospel can fix that.

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