A ’67 Corvette with a little rust underneath; a ’72 F100 left out too exposed to the Summer heat; a worn deck on a house up for sale; an old bike you backed into; all they need is a new coat of glossy paint and they will look as good as new.
At least to everybody else they will look that way. You will still know the real story that is hidden underneath. Glossy paint makes everything look good. That was the concept presented recently in our family devotion time through a chapter in the book Claiming Christ.
It seems that humans all have a natural tendency to gloss over known issues. We are natural born painters. We all have an inclination to decorate ourselves, our wrinkles, our ideas, our cravings, our addictions, and pretty much anything else that we want to present well to others, even though we know the real thing. For many, this truth is simply proved by making a sudden inspection of their bedroom, or garage, or TV viewing habits.
It is so culturally expected that everyone operate this way, that it tends to stand out whenever someone avoids the gloss and presents themselves or their thoughts without all the common fanfare. It is also shocking whenever a Christian identifies something that violates God as sin. Everything around us tends to scream abuse at calling abuse what it is: abuse.
Even within apparent Christian circles, it is not very PC (politically correct) to suggest that some action that clearly undermines scriptural expectations might not be appropriate. The pressure is to suppress such cautions in favor of “getting along”. Those who call a spade a spade are often attacked (not always just verbally) with a spade. People prefer to bury anything that makes anyone uncomfortable, especially if it appears to limit our independent free choice.
The opposition, to calling things as they are, will even go so far as to attempt to quote scripture, like “do not judge, lest you be judged”, but of course, like all false teachers, they will avoid quoting the full text, which in this case states, “then go and confront your brother” after checking the “mote” in your own eye. Even Satan tried to quote scripture to Jesus to tempt him to sin against God, but he had no intention of speaking truth.
“and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Rom 1:32).
And so, if that is our natural tendency, then what are you doing with that brush in your hand? Are you painting over your blemishes and glossing over the sinfulness in your friends, or are you willing to take on the hard work of striving to repair the broken parts before layering on the final color?