By all accounts the events at the Garden of Gethsemane has to be one of the most painful endurance as Christ was humiliated by being betrayed by a kiss.
Of all things, an expression of love was employed to denote a betrayal that led to the eventual crucifixion of our Lord, the Christ. Indeed, the ploy of friendship, the ploy of affection as a form of deceit can be one of the most painful experiences anyone can endure.
The very name of Judas depicts a picture of vileness and utter scorn. Yet, I wonder how many of us as Christians come across to others. No, we probably aren’t out kissing our neighbors, but nonetheless, we generally are announcing how much love we have for the Lord and His people.
And then we open up the doors of profanity whenever we declare our love to others and fail to do so. When we act only in words and not in deeds, a loud and profane utterance is performed on this earth and witnessed by the angels in heaven.
We engage in pious profanity whenever we say virtues than those that dwell inside us:
For yes, it is profane when we say: I love you when you don’t. When we say we accept people when we don’t. When we say we forgive and hold hatred in our hearts.
The piety becomes profane when we begin a foundation of denial: we deny Christ because we fail to introduce him to others. We deny Christ when we avoid obedience to his commandments.
The entire cloak of goodness then, the piety of being good grows corrupt and is profane because it becomes none of the element it states that it is and all of the things that is says it is not.
Evil is bad enough in itself, it becomes intensified whenever it is declared to be good. It is profane because our actions become a testament against the goodness of our Lord, against our words and against good itself. Rather we should remain quiet and contain few words than rant all the good things we know we can never do or become. The purity of our heart should be as a result of grace and obedience and not the profanity of emptiness and that which is false.
To believe the world, one would think that everyone loves everyone and that nothing is ever wrong. To believe Christians takes all of this at least one step upward.
To show evidence of our beliefs of Christ we then manifest our hearts through our actions. And through our actions, there need be no use for words at all. Our works speak for itself: and our actions demote and neutralized the profanity that we would otherwise speak.