A Cover-Up…?

Posted: April 15, 2013 in Colossians 3
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i am cutting this verse in half, looking at the first part today and part two tomorrow. Colossians 3:12 Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tender-hearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].

Paul is relentless in that he keeps expressing the need for me to do what is required. He says, “ed clothe yourself…” There is a great point to be seen here. First i had to strip off my filthy set of ill-fitting clothes and now i am to clothe myself. It doesn’t work for me to put on the new garments over the filthy set of ill-fitting ones. That’s called a cover up.

Cover-up: concealment that attempts to prevent something scandalous from becoming public.

Cover-up is usually implemented by people in positions of authority who abuse their power to avoid or silence criticism or to deflect guilt of wrongdoing. As one who is raised up with Christ, i have a position of authority and there may be the possibility of… abusing my power to avoid or silence criticism and or deflect guilt. Maybe it’s just trying to take a short-cut. If i initiate a cover up i am responsible for a misdeed, a breach of trust or duty.

Initially my cover-up may require little effort. Once some hint of the hidden, filthy, ill-fitting clothes starts to become known, (maybe the smell) the cover-up gradually turns into more and then it requires more deception. It can even entangle others. Many cover-ups fail, as more and more people are drawn in and the possibility of exposure makes potential accomplices fearful of supporting the cover-up and as loose ends that may never normally have been noticed start to stand out. As it spreads, the cover-up itself creates yet more suspicious circumstances.

While it is likely that some cover-ups are often successful by the worlds standards it is clear that any attempt by me at a cover-up in the spiritual world is doomed to fail. In Catholic Moral Theology a cover-up would be considered the Sin of omission and a Mortal sin.

The discovery of an attempt to cover up is often regarded as even more reprehensible than the original deeds.

So, ed who is chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you! (Colossians 3:12a)

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