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False Advertising

Get Your Own Gutensite
2012
December 12
By
Snake-oil

 

-How much water can a ten gallon hat hold? (6 Pints)

-What business did Al Capone’s business cards list? (Used furniture dealer)

-What country were fortune cookies invented in? (America, Charles Jung, 1918)

-Yes or no- does a quarter have an equal chance of landing heads or tails up? (No, the ‘heads’ side weighs slightly more and so lands face down more often.)


False advertising is defined as “Any advertising or promotion that misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities or geographic origins of goods, services or commercial activities.”

The most common complaint from non-Christians concerning the church is that the church is full of what? (Hypocrites). The word Hypocrite comes from an old Greek word ‘hypokrites’ that was used to describe Greek actors. In classical Greek plays, a few actors would represent a large cast of characters by holding different masks in front of their faces while they spoke the lines associated with each character. This idea of changing personalities
by switching faces became a metaphor for someone who was false or who could quickly change their character based on their current company. In the New Testament it is interesting to note that only one person uses the word ‘hypokrites’ but he uses it 20 times. Instead of non-Christians accusing Christians, in the Bible it was Jesus who was accusing religious people of several different varieties of false advertising.

In our modern day setting, most of the time I have heard the church accused of hypocrisy, it has had very little to do with the actions of individual Christians. Usually it is because someone doesn’t like the Christian response to some legal policy, or because there is some ‘Christian’ in the news saying some very ungodly and unkind things about people. And while we may not be able to stop Christians everywhere from pushing people away from Christ, we
can do our best to watch our own hearts and present a more honest face to our own community. Have you been guilty of false advertising? 2 Corinthians 5:20 says “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you onChrist’s behalf: be reconciled to God.” You have heard parents warned that little eyes are always on them, and the same is true of Christians. There are always those who will watch what you do and how your actions line up with what you claim. The church has advertised itself as a place of love, are we loving? The church has advertised itself as a
place of forgiveness, are we forgiving? The Church has advertised itself as aplace of respect and honesty, how do we line up? The church has advertised itself as a place of acceptance and shelter for those burdened by sin; do we really offer that kind of place?

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