This phrase , however, harkens back to several generations before 1911. In John Selden's book "Table Talk," which was published posthumously in 1689 and written in 1654 just prior to his death, ((he wrote: "Preachers say, "Do as I say, not as I do." And while the advice is sound, he was not the first author to offer it. In 1546, John Heywood's "A dialogue containing the Number in Effect of All the Proverbs in the English Tongue," the following can be found: "It is as folk do, and not as folk say." However, the Anglo-Saxons in the 12th century were known to say: "Although I do worse than I teach you, do not do as I do, but do as I teach you if I teach you well."
However, when all is said and done, its saying can be traced all the way back to the Bible in the Book of St. Matthew in Chapter 23 verses 1-3, where the King James Version states: "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." The NIV translation of the Bible says it this way: "The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. so you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach."
Every child is innocent and every child should be given a proper childhood which would result in having a fighting chance in life. Not having proper parenting, coaching, and guidance in their lives will eventually result in children hurting and being hurt. And the overall result will be them getting knocked out, locked out, and left out of the game of life at a very early age in life. A child's hardest thing to learn in life is good manners, strong values, respect and a good positive attitude. Kids will automatically do what they are taught, but teaching doesn't come through words alone.
"Do as I say and not as I do is an oxymoron, it doesn't mean a thing. They will watch how adults around them act and they will learn to act that way as well. Kids repeat everything they hear or see someone somewhere doing this thing or that. Everything they shouldn't repeat even if told not to, they will repeat sooner or later to someone somewhere; and telling them not to repeat what they have seen or heard only teaches them to lie!
So through their words and actions to someone somewhere their good manners are either manifested and praised by others, or through their bad manners, inappropriate attitudes, and behavior, their ill chosen words are cynically looked upon and ascribed to some adult in their life, that failed to impart proper parental training and disciple in the home.
In the 23 Chapter of Matthew, Jesus literally goes off on the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. He says to the crowds that the teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in the seat of Moses. They know how to read the law and interpret the law, But when it comes down to keeping and applying the law in their own lives they do not keep it. They do not practice what they preach. Jesus says in verse 4: "They tie up heavy cumbersome loads and put them on other people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them." In other words, instead of giving you God's Law as food and milk to grow and dine on, they package it in bundles of rules and regulations, loading you down like pack animals so that you can hardly move or stand up. They seem to take pleasure in watching you grapple and stagger under the heavy loads of depression and oppression, while not offering to lift a finger to help you.
Jesus says: "Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flatter, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called "doctor and "Reverend." (MSG).
Jesus tells the people, "Don't let them do that to you."Don't let anyone put you on a pedestal and don't you put them on one as well.
In the next few blogs we will take a look at how Jesus address the Scribes and Pharisees. We will learn how angry He was at them and why they needed to be addressed in such a cruel harsh manner.
I thoroughly enjoyed my vacation. So proud of my nephew Bryan Wesley Fulton who graduated from Paine College in Augusta, Ga. I've been away from my blog post but am glad to be back at it. Enjoy the day, no matter if we have rain or sunshine throughout this Memorial Weekend! Remember those that served this country, served their community, church, government or family. Put a flag or some flowers on that someone special's grave this weekend. And as always:
Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers.!