If Ya Fake It, Ya Won’t Make It

Nelson Mandela had his memorial service this past week. I don’t know much about Mandela. He seems to be a guy with many sides.

Sign language became the hot item coming out of the memorial service. The official signer for the ceremony apparently did not know sign language. It wasn’t long into the ceremony that calls began coming in saying the signer wasn’t making any sense.

How this guy thought he was going to get away with this is beyond me. Fakeness is spotted fairly easily. As soon as people begin paying attention and scrutinizing what he was doing it became obvious he was a joke.

From what I’ve heard, this is not the first time this guy was an interpreter for something, so apparently his incompetence allowed him to get by for a short time. But then he got on the big stage and he was called out.

The fake signer has faced his Judgment Day! He has been called out. His signing career was built on sand. He looks like a fool now.

I wonder how many Christians are just skating, getting by, looking like they know what they are doing, going through the motions, and hoping no one pays attention to them and calls them out.

You can fool some people. Anyone who doesn’t know sign language was fooled. But anyone who knows sign language, anyone with some basic initiation, knew the guy was faking it.

I have a feeling there are many who skip out on church involvement, getting committed to a group of believers, for fear they will be found out.

Better to be a sign language “expert” at a convention of blind folk than to be found out.

There is a way to avoid the fear of being found out: be genuine.

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.”