Luke 12:1-3 “In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, ‘Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.‘”
Adults are good at hypocrisy. When I was a kid, I chewed on this verse a bit, then innocently concluded that there wasn’t anything I told people behind closed doors that I wouldn’t say to their face. But as I wound my way through college, that changed. I learned the value of gossip, and the horrors that would ensue if someone found out what you said when you thought they weren’t listening.
I found out there were things I needed to keep my mouth shut about. And I learned about the hurt that’s made when word gets around to the person you were talking about.
But TV shows and society tells us it’s a part of life. People say things and do another. They’re sometimes nice to your face, then laugh behind your back.
But here’s something to remember: there’s nothing you say or do behind closed doors that won’t, eventually, come out. Public figures make this mistake all the time, leading to scandals and downfalls. But every one of us will face that day, in this life or the next, where all our little secrets, our little gossips, our tiny treasons will all come out.
How will you feel that day? Remember, everything will be revealed in the end. This verse reminds me to live like it.