"Life in a fallen world is like attending the ultimate masquerade party. Impatient yelling wears the costume of a zeal for truth. Lust can masquerade as a love for beauty. Gossip does its evil work by living in the costume of concern and prayer. Craving for power and control wears the mask of biblical leadership. Fear of man gets dressed up as a servant heart. The pride of always being right masquerades as a love for biblical wisdom. Evil simply doesn't present itself as evil, which is part of its draw."
- Paul Tripp from Whiter Than Snow: Meditations on Sin and Mercy (p.32)
I'm impressed with the accuracy of this list. Our daily prayer times lately have included readings from a number of different books. This one sunk in this morning.