Two men agreed to have their argument settled in court. The plaintiff stated his case first. All during his presentation, the judge kept saying “You’re right, you’re right.” The defendant rose to his feet in protest saying, “You haven’t heard my side yet.” The judge said “Okay, let me hear your side.” When he was through, the judge said, “You’re right, you’re right.” The court clerk then rose to his feet and said, “Judge, they both can’t be right.” The judge replied, “You’re right, you’re right.” If you were to look up the word gullible in the dictionary, this judge’s picture would be attached to it, that is, if he really exists.
I thought of this word yesterday when I watched TV while in the kitchen for a few minutes. Just in that time alone, I saw several political ads where it seemed to me that the politicians in question are relying on the gullibility of the viewers. Though they know their claims are misleading, they are hoping the viewers will go for the bait nonetheless. Many times, they do. Such was the case not too may years ago in the South. One politician stated in his ads that his opponent was “a known extravert,” his sister was a “thespian.” and his brother was “a practicing homo-sapien.” He added his opponent “matriculated’ in college, and even practiced “celibacy” before marriage. None of these are bad things but he was hoping the voters would think they were, and he was right. Oftentimes, people who believe they have brilliant minds, are in fact gullible. One such example is found in Jesus’ denouncement of the Pharisees and religious leaders during the time of His earthly ministry. In Matthew 23:24 NLT, He told them:Blind guides! You strain your water so you won't accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel!
Especially during this time of year, who can you believe? Well, the only foolproof source for truth is God and His Word. Paul made this declaration that is often misunderstood: Let God be true, but every man a liar. (Romans 3:4) His statement certainly did not suggest all human beings are practicing liars, but rather can be at times. Also, that if God were to say one thing and every man in the world would say the opposite, God would be true. Another safe route to take is to believe in Jesus. After all, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6) In closing, did you know that if you take a whole bunch of old sneaker shoelaces and boil them in water for over an hour, out will come spaghetti?
Memory verse for the week: Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Philippians3:12 NIV)