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  1. Karma's nasty bite

    So in addition to lying to his wife and family, Phillips was probably lying to the taxman as well.

  2. Danny Berry, NYC

    If this stripe of “christians” weren’t so freakin’ “righteous” and would willingly and humbly step down from the pedestals upon which they repeatedly place themselves, they wouldn’t find themselves falling from those pedestals with a resounding crash every single time.

    Jesus didn’t call anyone to set themselves up as models of perfect living–declined even to set himself up as one (“Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.”) He was clear that none of us has anything to crow about, instead urging that the best we can do in following him is to love God and our neighbors, reserving judgement for God. But the breed of “christian” highlighted in this story seems unable to resist the heady temptation to make idols of themselves that even they themselves are foolish enough to believe in. And the outcome is the same every single time: they are found to have feet of clay just like the rest of us. Once again Micah’s advice proves to be the best: Love justice, do mercy and walk humbly with God.

    • Danny,
      Thank you for emphasizing that pride and idols have no place in the kingdom of God and those who want to exalt themselves will be brought low, no matter who you are, only our Savior gets the glory.

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