The following story I received in an email is funny overall, but it depicts just the type of hypocrisy that goes on even in so-called Bible-believing churches.
(Beginning of the email)
Have you ever told a white lie? You are going to love this, especially all of the ladies who bake for church events:
Tina Smith was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies' Group in Tuscaloosa , but forgot to do it until the last minute. She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix & quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping her son pack up for Scout camp.
When she took the cake from the oven, the center had dropped flat and the cake was horribly disfigured and she exclaimed, "Oh dear, there is not time to bake another cake!" This cake was important to Tina because she did so want to fit in at her new church, and in her new community of friends. So, being inventive, she looked around the house for something to build up the center of The cake.. She found it in the bathroom - a roll of toilet paper. She plunked it in and then covered it with icing. Not only did the finished product look beautiful, it looked perfect. And, before she left the house to drop the cake by the church and head for work, Tina woke her daughter and gave her some money and specific instructions to be at the bake sale the moment it opened at 9:30 and to buy the cake and bring it home. When the daughter arrived at the sale, she found the attractive, perfect cake had already been sold. Amanda grabbed her cell phone & called her mom.
Tina was horrified-she was beside herself! Everyone would know! What would they think? She would be ostracized, talked about, ridiculed! All night, Tina lay awake in bed thinking about people pointing fingers at her and talking about her behind her back.
The next day, Tina promised herself she would try not to think about the cake and would attend the fancy luncheon/bridal shower at the home of a fellow church member and try to have a good time.
She did not really want to attend because the hostess was a snob who more than once had looked down her nose at the fact that Tina was a single parent and not from the founding families of Tuscaloosa , but having already RSVP'd , she couldn't think of a believable excuse to stay home..
The meal was elegant, the company was definitely upper crust old south and to Tina 's horror, the cake in question was presented for dessert! Tina felt the blood drain from her body when she saw the cake! She started out of her chair to tell the hostess all about it, but before she could get to her feet, the Mayor's wife said, "what a beautiful cake!" Tina, still stunned, sat back in her chair when she heard the hostess (who was a prominent church member) say, "Thank you, I baked it myself."
Tina smiled and thought to herself, "God is good.”
This is a funny story, but I have been the wife of a minister for 27 years and I have to say unfortunately sometimes Baptist women really act like this. The toilet paper in the cake makes me think of the inner person. It reminds me of when Jesus told the Pharisees that they were whited sepulchers full of dead men’s bones. Let me clarify, I don’t believe in white lies like the one in the story. Every lie is a sin. And we know who the father of lies is, Satan. But the thing that really stood out in the story to me is the line that said Tina (Oh, I changed her name to protect the guilty, in case the story really was true.) was trying to fit in at her new church and community. Ladies, did you see that? It should not be hard to “fit in” at a church. I mean yes, the lost need to be saved, and until they are we cannot have true fellowship. But this woman thought it was a chore to fit in. The church is the place where everybody should feel like they fit in. It is not some elite social group. Regrettably, that is what many churches have become. Which raises the question – Why do I go to church? Why do you? Why do you go to the church that you attend? Is it because you believe that it is the church that is the most like the examples of church in the New Testament? If it is not that kind of church, and you are attending for some other reason, shouldn’t you be looking for one that is? Just like the cake wasn’t really a cake, some churches aren’t really churches, they are a compilation of socialite club mingled with traditions of men and some scripture thrown in to validate the sign out front that says “So and So Baptist Church.” I can almost here it now, someone asking, “Well, is your church is perfect!” No, I know it isn’t. But I do know that the church I attend is striving to be a real church according to Biblical teachings.