It was the dream of my father that I become either a lawyer or a doctor, which required five years of high school Latin. As a young girl I had no idea of what I wanted to be, although looking back, anyone observing my playtime would have noticed that I always played "school" and of course I was always the know-it-all teacher. Albeit with an odd assortment of coerced live, warm bodies or an inanimate group of furry ones, I was always teaching what I had just learned. As I grew older no one wanted to play school and so the dream got buried, eventually to be reawakened when I had to choose at the end of eleventh grade between medicine and teaching. Teaching won out!
I remember very little of those five years of Latin, however, every now and again there are some things, seemingly irrelevant at the time, that have stuck with me. Latin did give me a greater appreciation of the English language, and one lesson I do recall used an example of a word that has never left me. The word is "Sincerely". It's made up of two Latin words sine + cere. Sine means without and cere means wax. So together they mean "without wax".
In ancient Greek and Roman eras sculpting, particularly in white marble was and still is, a very precise skill. Mistakes were often difficult and sometimes even impossible to correct. Oh how we love the delete button of modern technology! But there was a way... wax was used to fill in the blemishes and cracks in the columns and the sculptures. And if it was done well enough, even the experts were occasionally fooled into believing that the item was perfect, without flaws... sine cere, without wax.
Hypocrisy is like the wax used in Greek temples. The wax looked just like the real thing. Then came the day of a great fire. Flames started to lick around the columns. melting the wax. The great columns came crashing down, exposing their "hypocrisy".
Let's read what God's Word has to say about this....
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (NIV)
"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames."
So let's build "our house" upon the Rock with integrity and care, making wise choices and with no wax!
“To believe in something and not to live it, is dishonest.....hypocrisy?.”