Re:Verse reading–Matthew 23:1-12 (day one) “Do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach” (vs 3) I had lunch recently with a friend whose main problem with Christ is “christians”. Maybe more than she even realizes, her objections are not with Jesus but with bad examples she has seen from those who claim His name. It is a real problem–one that even Jesus had to address. How do we press forward with real religion without being distracted and discouraged by false? The first step of freedom is to admit the truth. Fact # 1–there are people who misuse the name of God. They existed in Jesus’ day. They are still with us. Sometimes they are conscious of doing so. Sometimes not. Fact #2–bad examples do not disprove the possibility or reality of a right relationship with God. We are neither cynical nor naive. We must navigate around bad examples as we press forward toward the truth.