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When the Kansas City Chiefs won the Superbowl this year, the city celebrated with a victory parade. Trucks and busses hauled politicians, coaches, staff and players down a long route to a stage at the city’s Union Station. The parade was followed by speeches. One of the main celebrities was the Chief’s quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. Patrick wore a huge belt for the event. It was provided by a WWE champion wrestler. The buckle was big enough to serve as a breastplate.
Big belt buckles have always been a way to brag in parts of the United States. Rodeo champions are often awarded with a huge, western style belt buckle, though they are not as big as what wrestlers sport. But cowboy culture emphasizes boots, belt buckles and hats. But sometimes these only brag without any substance. Just because you wear a belt buckle doesn’t mean you’re really a champion. Or, as they say in Texas, some people are “all hat and no cattle.”
That describes people who virtue signal. Whether with a yard sign, bumper sticker, t-shirt or a social media post, if you only display these items and spout words to convince others you are good, you’re just a modern-day Pharisee. A hypocrite. Live by 2 Peter 1:5, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.” (NIV 1984) Don’t signal virtue. Walk the walk.
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