Monday, January 31, 2011

Are You A Closet Jerk?

We all know the phrase "Coming out of the closet..."  The implication is that you are hiding something, in your life, that you do not want others to know about.  Because if they knew about it, you would suffer great shame.
© Carl Durocher |
Everyone has stuff hidden in the closet of their life.  We've all done things we don't want anyone to know about.  Sometimes, we don't want to let even our closest friends have a peek.   If we revealed what is in our closet, what would people think?  How would they respond?  After all, if we come out of the closet with all of our dirty laundry in hand, we reveal all of the evil shameful, and wicked things we've ever done!

I want to draw your attention to one garment of dirty laundry that most people would never consider to be "wicked" that actually is: Being a closet jerk.

A closet jerk is someone who is really nice to your face and then talks about you behind your back.  You know the kind of person you might share something with that gets thrown into the "River of Gossip"—Many people have drowned in this river.

If I'm not being clear, I'll let God's Word make it clear for us:
3 Do not drag me away with the wicked—with those who do evil—those who speak friendly words to their neighbors while planning evil in their hearts.
Many of us have spoken friendly things to people we really don't like and then turned around and said terrible things about them when they aren't there.  That is wicked (Wicked meaning evil, not hip and cool).  That is being a closet jerk.

Jesus said to love your neighbor and your enemies.  And, He didn't just say love them, He said pray for them.  It is no problem praying for people you like, but praying for someone you don't like...SERIOUSLY?


Jesus told us if we really loved Him, we'll do what He says.  So if we love Him, then we must not allow ourselves to hide our two-faced laundry in our closet.  After all, Jesus gave His life for all of us and all the "stuff" hidden in our closets.   He deals with all of our stuff in the light so we can clearly see what must be dealt with and thrown out.

If you have issues with someone, go to that person and work it out.  Don't be nice for the sake of being nice and then dump all over them when they aren't there.  That is wicked.

In other words, don't be a closet jerk. 

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