“So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”” Luke 20:21-25 NIV
This is the first time I’ve noticed this word in the Bible: duplicity. Per the Dictionary App, duplicity means ‘deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter; double-dealing.’
This reminds me of the times I’ve spoken spiritual when I’m with the Christian crowd, tried to fit in with others while perfectly knowing I wouldn’t repeat my engagement in a church environment. The things I’ve laughed at... all because I wanted to fit in, instead of being okay standing out.
Let us not be called out by Jesus as duplicitous people. Let our yes be yes and our no be no. Let us be consistent, dependable, and honorable.
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