This picture made me think of this past Sunday's episode of "The Good Wife". I remember that they had someone on the witness stand and were taking apart everything they said, trying to find some fault by perverting what they meant to say. Perfectly normal for lawyers. Not so normal for average people. For the Pharisees and Herodians... well, judge for yourself...
Matthew, Chapter 22
15 Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how they might entrap him in his talk. 16 They sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are honest, and teach the way of God in truth, no matter whom you teach, for you aren’t partial to anyone. 17 Tell us therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
They brought to him a denarius.
20 He asked them, “Whose is this image and inscription?”
21 They said to him, “Caesar’s.”
Then he said to them, “Give therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
22 When they heard it, they marveled, and left him, and went away.
Beware of people like this! People who use language as a weapon. People whose heart is as black as coal and whose conscience is seared beyond any hope of being useful. Be a person of integrity and straightforwardness, whose honesty is evident by both speech and action. Need an example? Humm, I wonder where we could find one? Hint: look up!!!