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Beware of the abstract, theoretical words clever leaders try to use as levers to move you. Abstract idealistic words can be used to cover a multitude of sins. Madame Roland, on her way to be decapitated by the guillotine in the French Revolution, commented, “Liberty, what crimes are committed in thy name!”

The old illiterates were those who could not read. The new illiterates are people who believe what they read in the constant propaganda and advertizing around them at all levels of things.

Believers, check things out. Think things through. Do not be duped by idealistic, theoretical, theatrical words. This is one reason we say you need a personal relationship with God. You hold the idealistic term up to the Spirit of Christ as you do fine china, to see if you can see the light through it. Can you see the genuine spirit of Christ through the actions of that word?

You want to be wary of words that are idealistic and abstract. Good terms are used frequently by questionable people. You should check out and follow up on the use of terms that appeal to you to see if when practiced they actually produce what you want. Otherwise they are good terms in the wrong hands.

Have any doubts about identifying what Christ wants? Read     Galatians 5:13-26. But I think you know through your conscience, or sitting in the Way, resting in the Great Mysterious Silence in which we find the Christian’s Way.

Abstract words must be judged by their concrete, individual results. If the good terms produce questionable results, you probably are being propagandized by theatrical, theoretical words used effectively. Such terms to check up on can be: freedom, liberty, love, justice, and so on. You will know them when hear them. Suddenly a light will shine.

Such terms have been used to justify all manners of crimes against humanity as well as to vastly better humanity. To find which is good and which is bad is up to you and the Lord according to the circumstances the term is used in.

People in the Spanish Inquisition said, “if you love them (creedal heretics) burn them.” They said love was their motive. Don’t you believe it. Whatever their socio-economic or other motives, love wasn’t it. Love was just a convenient rationalization to solidify the nationalism of Spain at the time. Good words are used by mean people to cover what they really are up to. If in doubt, check it out. Look for a motive.

So they tell you they are going to “free” you? Yes, possibly, after those freeing you burn your house, kill your son, and wreck your town. They said of the Romans that they created a desert and called it peace. Some men today are the same way. They create a ruin and name it freedom.

Madame Roland testified to the use of “liberty” on the way to be decapitated. As the French Revolution would get drunk on idealism, be careful of those trying to use you. Don’t get drunk on abstract idealistic terms that dupe you. The people in love with these terms usually file for divorce a few years later.

Who is most open to this? The young are prone to believe anything: like the politicians are able to give them everything. Little do they know. Having had an idealistic education, they need a spiritual education in the ways of the deceitfulness of men. (See Jeremiah 17:9 -- the heart is deceitful above all things...)

We are called to live in an age that has far too much trust in abstract assurances thrown out to the winds on radio and television. In this age of bought advertising and political and government propaganda, RESERVE YOUR TRUST FOR JESUS until you find there is some truth in another.

Believers tend to live by their hearts. Good, but the mind at times must quiz the heart to see if a good heart is being used for a bad thing. The terms of God and good now justify some great evils. How many times have I seen this? Often, yes, very often.

Lazy minded people tend not to check up on abstract terms, theoretical terms, good terms, often used to fool people. The lazy don’t check up. The careless let things slide. A large group cares not.

You should check the concrete results for the individual of the idealistic and rhetorical terms that may either help or dupe you. A fine term must be judged not by itself but by the way it lives out. A fool lives on fine words carelessly thrown out. That always ends in sorrow.

In Matthew 7:15 Jesus warns: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Take this advice not only about people but about the words used to try to sway others.

Theoretical use of idealistic words can be done honestly. Much good can be accomplished by good people using abstract terms. But remember the people using them should be good but they will not be perfect. They will have flaws. They should be reasonably good. If you are waiting for perfection that train isn't coming to earth. It is only found in Heaven. Do not look for heaven on earth. Look for an expansion of grace and raising the level of Christ consciousness on earth.

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Dr. James MacLeod may be contacted through the Neill Macaulay Foundation.