“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:1-4 ESV)
When I look at the modern church today in light of scripture, it is sometimes downright nauseating. We have created a system today that one of my good friends calls churchianity, that seems to have taken the place of what the bible leads us to.
Our problem, mine included, is that we look at our lives, culture, the church we are a part of, and interpret scripture in light of the circumstances that surround us. The downfall to that way of living life and basing our theology is that it’s a bit like looking through a foggy lens, we can only see a certain view because it’s limited and a bit distorted.
When I read this scripture and contrast it with how many churches today are advertising their “good deeds” everywhere you look in the name of inspiring others, how does that mesh with what Jesus tells us? By advertising our good deeds, are we settling for scraps? Are we settling for our reward here as a pat on the back and being known as a great social organization instead of being humble in our good deeds and letting God see to our reward. It seems clear to me, but very unpopular in this Facebook, Instagram, how many followers can I get world, that Jesus tells us to be careful in our helping others that we don’t begin to seek the accolades of those around us.