Scams, Twists, and Spinning


I’ve seen this on teams and boards, where there are a few people who are bent on running the thing their way with their hand-picked people to their pre-determined outcomes.  It makes me wonder, where is the Lord?  He is far from such manipulations and corruption…

12 A troublemaker and a villain,
who goes about with a corrupt mouth,
13 who winks maliciously with his eye,
signals with his feet
and motions with his fingers,
14 who plots evil with deceit in his heart—
he always stirs up conflict.
15 Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant;
he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.
Proverbs 6:12-15

This makes me think of politics and espionage, of betrayers and infidels.  How much do we employ the tools of trickery in our relationships?  I am reminded of the Kinna secret signal, which is used in a variety of settings effectively to plan escape, retreat, and coordinated exit.  The five of us could be at a family event, public event, or really anywhere that is not conducive to saying, “Let’s go.”

All it takes is any one of us to make a circular motion with the index finger – one revolution will do – and the team is mobilized.  No words are spoken.  No offense made.  Just a rapid exit with minimal collateral damage. It’s military precision.  It’s not meant to harm.  In fact, it’s meant to help sustain relationships and balance the sanity of all. Or is that just what I tell myself?

How easily do we slip into the ‘just between you, me, and the fence post,’ ‘I’ll tell you, but if you repeat it I’ll deny it,’ and worse relationship tactics?

I’ve seen this on teams and boards, where there are a few people who are bent on running the thing their way with their hand-picked people to their pre-determined outcomes.  It makes me wonder, where is the Lord?  He is far from the manipulations and corruption of such politics.

When evil is plotted and plans hatched, God is not glorified.  God is glorified by good strategy and hard work and honest dealings.  The contrary path results in destruction and disaster.  It reeks of a lack of faith and trust in the God of our lives.  This is obviously not about a family signal to leave a party – it’s more about whether we let the deceit of our hearts influence us to scam, twist, and spin things to our advantage and their disadvantage.

Check our hearts, Lord…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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