Mean Is Ugly

Bible Text: "One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." Psalm 27:4.

Being mean is ugly

Being mean is ugly

Easter plays are a common feature at many American churches and universities.

A few years ago, a Christian university organized a large-scale Easter play for the community. Many faculty and students were involved as makeshift actors, playing roles as varied as Roman soldiers, merchants, Pharisees, priests, apostles, etc. They all tried to do their best in recreating the atmosphere of that amazingly dramatic day.

One of the university administrators played the role of a Pharisee who was shouting "He must be crucified!" in one of the scenes where Jesus was being judged. He was a tall, handsome man, and he looked very good in his costume.

During the play, he did such a good job that a child in the audience started to shout back at him: "You ugly Pharisee! You ugly Pharisee!". The child had perceived the utter injustice, the hatred and pride of those who were condemning Jesus and aimed it at the most vocal player...

The man later told he took the child's reaction as a compliment - "It meant I did my job well. He hated me because I was bad!".

Our mind associates subconsciously "bad" with "ugly", and "beautiful" with "good". And while in real life things aren't always black and white, it is worth remembering that our attitude can make us appear beautiful or ugly to those around us.

The roles we choose to play every day make us lovable or hateful.


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