"Well, you're asking for it
That was the response from my good friend Pappy when I complained about the comments I often get from people comparing me to the jolly old saint of Saturnalia fame.
"No, I'm not."
"Yes, you are."
"No, I'm not."
And so it went into the dark hours of the night, like two kids in the schoolyard refusing to give in to the other's insistence that "My Daddy can beat up your Daddy!"
It's irksome to say the least that the first image that pops into some people's minds when seeing my lustrous, flowing white beard is "Looky, little Susie. It's Santa Claus!" Santa Claus? SANTA CLAUS? How about Moses? or Abraham? or even Charlton Heston? Heck, even "well dressed old homeless guy" would be less offensive.
After thinking about Pappy's less than supportive retort, I've given careful consideration to the probable truth of his comment. More germaine to the issue are the very real future ramifications of our willingness to call attention to ourselves to the degree we're willing to "ask for it" by our pursuance of Torah. Aren't we Torah pursuant believers asking for negative attention when we seek to follow our Messiah's commandments? Maybe we are asking for it. But do we have a choice? Of course, we always have a choice. We can obey or we can disobey.
1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
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