I've been mulling over a question in my head for the past few days and figured I should put it down before it slips away. The question is whether it matters whether a true and good message comes from an evil, bad, or really hypocritical person/source, and more importantly, whether it should matter.
The first part is an easier answer to swallow for most, and the answer is that yes, the source of a message does matter to most everyone. It doesn't matter how important, useful, or critical a message may be, most people tend to mostly to completely reject it if we dislike or distrust the source it comes from, even if the source is only repeating the message. It is often nearly instinctual with us anymore. We don't like the messenger, we ignore the message.
The second part is slightly more difficult, though more because we don't want to follow it. Also, it can sometimes depend on the situation. Anyway, the thing is, as long as the message is truly a good one, and we can verify that it is true, then the source should not matter much. Granted, if a person/source is malevolent, the message can be twisted or be completely misrepresented, so the verification of the message is pivotal. Yet, this too points to the message being important, both for verifying and for listening to if true.
I never really thought much on the subject, but I've been reading through the book of matthew the last few nights, and some of the things Jesus said stuck in my mind. The most memorable was in talking of the pharisees and rabbis. He said very clearly that the people should obey what they said and not follow their examples. The religious leaders were, to some extent anyway, instructing the people in the word of God in what was right, but were themselves hypocrites and white-washed tombs. So basically, Jesus said that when the message or teaching is right, but the teacher is wrong, it is no excuse for us to ignore the message. Food for thought I think.
I would now add that the source does indeed matter, for Jesus himself demanded demons into silence and would cast them out of people when they would try to speak the truth, that he was the Christ. But again, I suppose much depends on the situation and the subject matter.