American Christianity has a hypocrisy problem and it is rooted in the hearts of all Christians. “Do they Not know what they do?” As a Christian myself I beg to differ. We know exactly what we do.
Who is considered a Hypocrite? According to Dictionary.com, a hypocrite is a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, and principles they do not actually posses. A person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
A great example of this are critics of Christianity. You know the ones “I’m not a Christian because I’m not a hypocrite.” Or what about “I don’t go to church because there are too many hypocrites.”
As Christians we tend to look down at others who point fingers at us. When in reality we do the same. Only it is happening with in the church itself.
Christian hypocrisy is a playground for the Devil.
In the NIV Bible Hypocrisy is mentioned 17 times. It is mostly Jesus calling people Hypocrites, “You hypocrites!” Does this make Jesus a hypocrite? Absolutely not!
Jesus lived by what He taught and preached. As Christians we are suppose to do the same but fall short of doing so.
Between the gossip, cliques, and secrets with-in the church, Christian Hypocrisy is at large. However, we are human after all. Do we not know what we do?
I beg to differ. I believe we do know what we do. However, I think sometimes we get caught up in the moment and don’t take time to think things through. Sometimes we say the first thing that comes to mind or act immediately without thinking of the consequences.
We do indeed know at least subconsciously anyway.
They Did What?
There has been some big disputes among Christians over whether we can watch Harry Potter, drink wine, and have tattoos. Just to name a few.
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The problem with this is when we point fingers and turn around and do the same thing. For example, I used to love the TV series Charmed. It was about three sisters who found out they were witches and fought off and killed demons.
One day while watching Charmed I was asked why I watch it. This person went on to explain that I shouldn’t be watching it because the sisters use magic. Honestly, I never thought about it that way until it was pointed out to me.
Some time later that same person who criticized me was watching Wizards Of Waverly Place. Not going to lie when I witnessed this it was kind of like a punch in the gut.
And of course, I resorted to my own Christian Hypocrisy. How dare they criticize me and they were doing the same thing!
By me criticizing them back I was being a Christian Hypocrite! How can you be angry at someone for criticizing you and then you in return criticize them for the same thing?
Christian Hypocrisy Is Carnal, Bitter, and Judgmental
Christian hypocrisy is indeed carnal, bitter, and judgmental. When we are being a Carnal Christian we are not fulfilling God’s purpose.
Neither are we showing love when we are a Bitter Christian. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
What about judging others? How can we love when we are too busy judging? We read and preach from the Bible but we do not always live by the Bible.
Let’s be honest. We pick what fits into our lives at that moment in time.
Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way bad mouthing Christians, as I am one. However, I too am guilty of all that I am sharing here.
I have been carnal, bitter, and very judgmental. And I too, have picked through the Bible. Living the ways I saw fit. But what makes us different and stand out is when we recognize our own actions.
This is why it is so important to stay in God’s Word on a daily basis. It is also important to accept that we are not perfect. God knows this because He created us. Just remember though He can see what is in our hearts.
When my daughter was a little girl we didn’t have a church home. It was Easter morning and we wanted so badly to go to church and worship Jesus.
We drove around town passing church after church.
Finally we stopped at a little church across town. As an introvert this alone took a lot for me to actually follow through with.
Once we arrived we walked in and took a seat, not in the back, but more in the middle of the twenty something pews.
It had looked like Sunday School was just getting out and there was a short break before service started.
I could feel the eyes staring. The voices snickering. And the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach flow into my chest. My face began to turn red as I felt like I did not belong.
After sitting there for a few more minutes I fought my own body and forced myself to get up and leave with my daughter.
I had never in my life felt so out of place. I felt judged, criticized, and most of all unloved. The very things we as Christians preach not to do.
The sad part is this happens a lot in churches today.
Someone stumbles in and reeks of alcohol we turn them away. What about the young single mom who has 5 kids out of wedlock? Or the young girl wearing a mini skirt that is just a little too mini?
Sadly these same moments take place outside of the church. Such as the grocery store or the department store. The thing is we have no idea what someone has been through.
Who are we to judge when we have our own planks to deal with?
Christian Hypocrisy is something we need to become more aware of. And when the fingers are being pointed at us from the non-believers we need to show them differently by loving on purpose.