Praying Mantids

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Praying mantids. Masters of deception. Wolves in sheep’s clothing – that’s what I would call them.

They’re sitting there all innocently, hands folded as if in prayer and devotion – and the whole time they’re just waiting for some poor creature to walk by, and then those hands will snap out of their prayer guise and snatch the poor creature for lunch.

The cannibalistic nature starts from the very beginning. They literally climb out of their egg, look around at all the swarms of brothers and sisters hatching around them, and start picking out victims for breakfast!

They can’t even ‘get married’ without eating each other! If you’ve ever watched a nature video on this event, you know how warped it is. The male approaches the female, she bites his head off, mates with him, and then eats the rest of him. How warped is that?

Many have suggested the name spelling be changed to “preying mantis.” I cast my vote for that one.

But today, as I was thinking about this, I couldn’t help but wonder – are we, as Christians, like the praying mantis? Do we call ourselves Christians, but act a completely different way? Do we pretend to be all righteous, but all we ever seem to do is bite each others’ heads off (figuratively speaking)? We’ve all seen it happen. We’ve all done the same at some point or another.

Would the world be justified in changing our name?

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! (Gal. 5:14-15, NKJV)

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