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Living in a House of Mirrors

Luke 6:41-42 

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Sixteen people, including three law enforcement officers suffered minor injuries when the crowd at a Dodge City, Kansas concert became unruly. The deputy police chief said, concertgoers who paid $20 for seats to hear Tejano artist Pedro Fernandez became upset when they did not see the performer they expected.The imposter was exposed when the audience noticed the man posing as Fernandez did a poor job lip-synching Fernandez's songs. 

Authorities said when the crowd realized the Pedro Fernandez on the stage was not the real Pedro Fernandez, they became disturbed and the situation began to get out of control. Law enforcement officials in Dodge City were out-manned and had to call in reinforcements from the local Sheriffs' office. Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd, and several people had to be treated at the scene by emergency medical teams. (Fresh Illustrations

Why did the crowd respond so strongly? Nobody likes being conned. Nobody likes being lied to. In this instance, the deception was overt, sometimes the deception is more subtle, like when we are hypocritical. Luke 6:41-42 (NASB) says, "And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? [42] Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye." 

Ever go into a house of mirrors at an amusement park? I like the one that makes me look tall & skinny, but can't stand the one that makes me look short and fat. And then there is the room with mirrors facing each other. When I walk into that room, I can look in either direction and see a million images of myself, gradually getting smaller. But the room that leaves me scratching my head isn't the room where the mirrors face each other, but the room with multiple mirrors facing at different angles. In crime movies on location in a house of mirrors, there is usually a scene where one person shoots at another person who is in this room. They always miss them, but shatter their reflection in a mirror.

Whenever I read this parable, I usually feel like I'm in the house of mirrors in the room with multiple mirrors facing each other at varying angles. The text itself is about hypocrisy. People accusing others of committing sins that they are committing themselves. Like when Jessie Ventura asserted that organized religion is a "sham" and a "crutch for weak-minded people," Jay Leno, the host of the Tonight Show quipped, "Gee, isn't it good that professional wrestling isn't like that?" (Fresh Illustrations It is hilarious to think that a former professional wrestler turned politician would criticize organized religion for being a "sham," when everybody knows that it would be hard to find a bigger "sham" than the WWF. No offense to wrestling fans, but is it possible for any church-goer to demonstrate greater weak-mindedness than a wrestling fan does?

OK, that's easy to see. Where the verse becomes a trip to a house of mirrors is when I start seeing hypocrisy in others while not seeing it in myself. It is when I am quick to notice Ventura's hypocrisy but am Thank you for reading the free preview of this sermon.  The full manuscript is available to Premium Members use these resources in their ministry.
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