A Brief Thought on Safety Pins and Virtue Signaling

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 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. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

Matthew 6:1-8

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Author: Paul Krendler

The Thinking Man’s Zombie

5 thoughts on “A Brief Thought on Safety Pins and Virtue Signaling”

  1. I can guarantee that 98% of the Special Snowflakes with diaper pins have never read that passage.

    And: "...do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words"
    They definitely have never read that part, nor will they understand it.

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  2. I just got two lapel pins. One is a wakazashi. The other is a dirk. Essentially, I'm thinking Terry Pratchett's Death.

    "IT'S NOT MEANT TO BE SAFE."

    Oh, and it's Sunday morning, and i'm on my laptop.

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  3. " . . . for your Father knows what you need before you ask him." This is one of the most important concepts in the Christian faith, yet it is one of the least understood. Prayer does not create some magical obligation with God. God knows every thought you have- even the ones that you don't even know you have. And he knew them before you ever thought them, because He exists outside of time. Prayer is not some special communications protocol that establishes a channel between you and the Almighty, like the MCP in TRON. Every word you speak, every thought you have, every thing you feel is a prayer. He gets it ALL.

    Prayer is a gift for YOU. It is a way to filter out the distractions of "reality," and focus, as much as you can, on Him. It helps YOU focus on what you are laying before your creator, and reminds you that He is all-powerful. He already knows who He is, who you are, and what you want and need. Prayer is the way that one focuses, the best one can, on peace, love, and understanding, that we cannot possibly comprehend.

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    1. Very well put Colonel.

      I realized what you stated a while back, so my prayers both publicly and privately are short and to the point (I am an Engineer and that is how we roll). I was once asked about it and said that God doesn't need to hear jibber-jabber, he knows what is in your heart and what you thinking, so why make it long and drawn out, just get to the point.

      Sometimes I think people jabber on, just because they like to hear themselves talk.

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