AN AMAZING FACT: A police chief in the Seattle area was arrested and sentenced to several years in prison for swindling disabled citizens of their social security money, the very people he was paid to protect!
Police chief Charles Allen of Granite Falls, Washington, was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling money from disabled citizens. The chief used the label of a non-profit agency, allegedly helping manage finances for citizens in need. But rather than assisting his clients in making the best use of their funds, Allen admitted to unlawfully taking up to $14,000 for himself on a monthly basis, for a total of more than $600,000 over several years.
A special assistant attorney called Allen’s deed an “act of extreme hypocrisy.” As a police chief, his duty was to protect the citizens of his city, but instead the city had to step in and protect citizens from him. The chief knew that his clients were mentally and physically unable to manage their funds for themselves, yet he did not hesitate to steal from their small monthly checks.
It is easy to recognize the abhorrence of Allen’s actions. Jesus clearly taught His followers not to follow in the paths of hypocrites who “say, and do not do,” and Allen’s crime is a clear example of such hypocrisy. But we might find ourselves sliding into hypocrisy on a smaller level. A Christian life is more than becoming a part of Christian subculture and living under a Christian label. Do our lives reflect the Savior we profess to follow? Do our words and attitudes to others speak of God’s love?
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. Matthew 23:1-3