“He sent them to Bethlehem, and said, ‘Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him report to me, so that I too may go and worship him'” (Matthew 2:8).
“All right,” Jill thought, “I’ll go to church today, but I won’t like it!” Church was a drag!
Then it hit her. She knew what to do! She would sit in church and watch all the hypocrites. Every person who came pretending to be holy and righteous, and she would take note. Anyone not paying attention, anyone whispering to their neighbor, everyone looking round at others instead of worshiping. Then she would name them all to her mom when she got home! Funny – now she couldn’t wait to go to church! This was going to be fun!
Next morning she began her survey. Finding a good vantage point, she sat down and began to swivel her head this way and that. Who wasn’t singing? Who wasn’t listening? Who was bogus?
She was stopped cold, however, when a little boy sitting near her turned to his mom and declared: “Mom, why is that girl not paying any attention?”
He was pointing at her.
Stunned, she realized that while watching others … she in turn was being watched, and had been found to be, well, a hypocrite.
Not everyone that goes to church goes to worship. Herod declared his intention to come worship Jesus. We suspect he was being as candid as a politician on the hot seat.
So why do you go to church? To spot a hypocrite? Beware. Someone much bigger than that little boy is watching