Even a superficial examination of the statement “Do as I say, not as I do,” immediately produces the stink of hypocrisy. I suppose it is said with the wishful thinking that others (mostly children under our influence) won’t copy what we know to be our inconsistent and bad behavior – that somehow saying what is right will impress them more than the wrong actions they see in us.
Let’s take a look at this using an approach my readers see me use from time to time: The Good; The Bad; and The Ugly.
"yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ" (Philemon 9). “…Paul, the aged” – that’s an interesting way for him to refer to himself. Most of us today get a little prickly at the thought of being “aged” (or probably even more so if others think of us in that way). Our culture doesn’t put much value on its older members – they are seen as behind the times, out of touch, slow, a burden, etc. But Paul labeled himself “the aged” – he wasn’t ashamed, in fact it was supposed to imply something very positive.