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Seeking Shortcuts to Virtue

Yesterday, Jayme Metzgar wrote a fascinating piece in The Federalist, in which she drew parallels between the hate crime hoax perpetrated by actor, Jussie Smollett, and the sin of Ananias and Sapphira described in Acts 5 and pictured in the painting by Rafael above (see article here).  Metzgar highlights the fact that we all struggle with the desire to be seen as virtuous without actually doing the hard work of being virtuous.  Different religions produce different forms of hypocrisy, and the religion of identity politics is no exception.  As Christians, we must seek that genuine virtue, which is only possible through Jesus Christ.  May we celebrate His triumph over hypocrisy, which He accomplished by becoming a true victim in our place.

Richard Holdeman

Richard Holdeman

Called to faith in 1987; to marry Amy in 1989; to coach college hockey in 1992; to have daughters in 1996; to teach at I.U. in 1997; to pastor the Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church in 2005.

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