Croc-o-dile tears noun, plural noun: crocodile tears, tears or expressions of sorrow that are insincere.
When I was a little girl my brother and I got a spanking very Sunday night after church. No my dad wasn’t cruel, mean or abusive, he was the pastor of the church and if his children were the ones on the front seat who were talking during his sermon how could he do less that to make us remember next time we were sitting on the front seat at church that if we talked we would be punished. Somehow it wasn’t harsh enough deter us or it would not have continued for so long. Generally after the spanking was over and our bottoms were warm he would pray with us and then offer us something to drink to “cool us off”, and the drink I remember most was bottled 7-UP (do they still make that?)
I have a reason in sharing that little slice of my life with you, it is so you would know why he said something that I overheard which absolutely hurt my feelings to the core. One Sunday night after the ministration of the weekly spanking was done I overheard him tell my mother, “Harolene cried a few “crocodile tears” to try and get out of her spanking. CROCODILE TEARS, I thought, no sir they were very real.
I saw some tears shed publicly, or at least a finger dabbed at the eye, this past week that felt very much like crocodile tears to me.
There is nothing more disturbing to me than a person who comes across as insincere.
Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.
Don’t be sucked into a lie because someone sheds a tear, it just might be one of the crocodile variety!