Saturday, May 1, 2010

White Spray Paint

Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because you are like to whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear to men beautiful, but within are full of dead men's bones, and of all filthiness- Matthew 23:27

The problem with spray paint is that it can only cover up external things. Calling anyone a "whited sepulchre" means you are calling him a cave or a tomb filled with garbage. The insides are rotten. Jesus has X-ray vision and He can see beyond the white spray paint.

When I met my future wife, she could see past the white spray paint I used to paint my outsides for so many years. I tried so hard to cover up the ugliness that was inside of me. The day before our wedding, the priest from Helen's hometown asked if anyone would like to go to confession. My silence disturbed him. I was full of sin but there was no way in Hell that I was going to let anyone see past the white spray paint, not even an agent of God. Besides, I barely made it past the first "screener". My sister recommended him because she, like my wife, saw past the white spray paint and knew I needed all the help I could get to get married in the church.

Things got a little complicated on my wedding day. My mother yelled at me for staying in the pool when I should be getting dressed. I was having fun hanging out with the men in my wedding party and guys only need a few minutes to get ready. It was so hot that when we were kneeling my wife started to get dizzy.

I wanted to interrupt the pastor because his sermon was never-ending and I was sure my wife was going to pass out. Finally, he noticed her side-to-side movement and stopped. He told me to remove my wife's veil so she could be more comfortable. The demons inside of me were ready to spew but I obeyed and he talked for what seemed an eternity.

The demons that once controlled me are all gone now, there is no longer a need to hide in a cave. Once I invited Jesus to live in my heart, I threw away the white spray paint. Yes, there is hope for all the black sheep in the world. Unless the light of Christ is shining in you, anything else is just a cover-up...Are you ready to throw away the can of white spray paint?

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