I picked up one of the coffee cups my kids had supposedly washed the other day, and it looked clean on the outside. Upon further inspection I found a slight rim of discoloration in the bottom of the cup. After pointing it out to them I went on about my day, but the thought stayed with me. You see, it was the illusion of clean that fooled me into picking it up to begin with. Had I not inspected it further, it is possible that I would have had to suffer through a bout of food poisoning (extreme worst case maybe). Jesus warned the Pharisees about the illusion of clean in Matthew 23:25-28. It reads;
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Matt 23:25-28 (KJV)
Scrolling through the social networking on the internet, we are constantly bombarded with people and things that have that illusion of clean. People that appear innocent as angels, and righteous as Jesus himself according to their posts and their profiles, but if you know them personally, you can see the real person behind the mask. So if you are one of these people, keep this in mind; you may be able to fool all these people into thinking you are that mask of good cleanliness, but YOU have to look at yourself in the mirror. You may be able to fool everybody around you, for a little while, but the truth has a way of coming out. And in the end, the only thing that will really matter is between you and the one you can’t hide anything from. Think that over for a bit and check the inside of your own cup. Does it need another wash?