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Friday, May 05, 2006
Legerdemain
You might not be familiar with the word, it is falling out of common use, but it is an older synonym for prestidigitation (sleight of hand).

The word legerdemain however has a more deceitful sound than prestidigitate or sleight of hand, more... a more cloak-and-dagger appeal if you will.

There is just something about the word that seems less like a card trick and more like something sinster - I think it is just the way it rolls off the tongue, I sort of like to say it with a parisian accent "Lay-jare-de-Magnne." It isn't pronounced like that, but I am willing to overlook the mispronounciation since most people arn't familiar with the word in the first place - and if they are, well, I don't mind looking like I don't know how to pronounce it, seeings as it sounds indie-cool the way I say it. I don't think of it as a mispronunciation, so much as a trend that hasn't been set yet.

I mention it because some preachers practice legerdemain. They may be great orators, motivational speakers, and even considered profound expositors of the word - but they do not live out what they preach - that is, they know the truth, and tell others to obey it, when they themselves are not doing the same.

Authenticity is difficult to approximate - though some have done well at it. Yet I have noticed that ears seem to be more open to a genuine doer than to an genuine poser. They might say the same thing, and even live the same public life - but the one whose life has integrity - he is able to preach clean - and your soul knows the difference.

A man may bend a blade of grass or shake a small tree; a great man might be able to bend much grass, and shake more than a few trees - but to move a forest, or cause an open and endless field to bow down in waves - only the wind can do that. A preacher who isn't living clean - is like the noise of the wind, without the wind itself. He has no power even if he sounds like the real deal.

Let not many of you be teachers.
posted by Daniel @ 12:00 PM  
2 Comments:
  • At 8:05 AM, May 06, 2006, Blogger Susan said…

    I'm guessing this comes from the three French words 'leger' (lightweight) de (of) main (hand).
    And I like the logic of your own unique pronounciation being a trend not yet set. Too funny!
    This post topic reminds me of why the men's group at church (the breakfast club on Sunday mornings) is good. It's an acccountability group where after eating, they break down into one-on-one groups and ask one another about the week's thoughts, words, actions, etc. Of course, accountability is only as strong as the integrity of the confessor. One could always lie, but the practice is good nonetheless.
    It makes me think we women should have accountability groups as well.
    One of the things that appealed to us at our church is how our minister occasionally brings up his own falling short of meeting the mark during the week - even during his sermon. He doesn't go into details how, but he doesn't put on airs of righteousness. Quite the opposite. He presents himself moreoften as a sinner.

     
  • At 9:08 PM, May 08, 2006, Blogger Gordon Cloud said…

    Thanks for this challenging post, Daniel. I have often preached that if we can be a Christian at home, we can be a Christian anywhere. Now, if I can only live up to that so as not to be a legerdemainiac.

     
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