We all make the same mistake to varying degrees: we judge God’s character by what we see in people around us…
If our spouse is mean to us, it is not God’s fault. If the government treats us badly, don’t blame the Almighty. If the church, or those who move within its walls, or those who profess to be followers of Christ, appear to be terrible hypocrites-it isn’t God’s fault.
Lay the blame squarely at the feet of human nature, because that’s where it is. It’s our spouse treating us meanly: God is good. It’s the government governing badly-not the will of the Almighty. It’s the people within the church who fail to live as they speak: hypocrisy is not to be found within our perfect Creator.
God is love, God is good. God is Holy. Never forget that.
In several years of Bible study I’ve noticed that the only people Jesus Christ ever got angry with were those he labeled “hypocrites”.These were invariably people who were “religious” leaders, but were not living out the life they pressured others into living. He didn’t similarly lambast his disciples, so at least he didn’t think all Christians were hypocrites, but there are plenty of fine citizens around today who do.
I’m a bit of a hypocrite sometimes. I’m honest enough to own up to it, and I’m trying to change my ways. Being a Christian doesn’t enable me to leap human nature in a single bound. However, when I hear people say that “all Christians are hypocrites”, I want to ask them how many of the two and a quarter billion professing Christians on earth they know personally. At very most they know perhaps ten or twenty, or more likely they know one or two… or none. Making a sweeping generalization like that is like hearing of a murderous doctor and then declaring that all doctors all over the world are murderers.
How many people who make this accusation will drive along the highway over the speed limit, and then slow down when they see a police car? That’s hypocrisy! In order to be honest, that man or woman should continue to drive at fifteen over the limit, and then tell the officer that they were driving over the limit because they don’t want to be hypocritical.
Hypocrisy is saying one thing but doing another, or pretending to be something we’re not, and it’s akin to lying. Anyone who says they never lie… is lying. The fact is that we’re all hypocrites at times, and some more than others. Yes , I’ve encountered hypocrisy in the churches I’ve attended, but I’ve also encountered some wonderful people who would do anything for anyone, and who sacrificed themselves to help me and my family. Do we not apply the “h” word to politicians, whether they’re Christians or not? Hypocrisy, then, is a human trait. It’s a sin- not a fatal flaw in the Christian faith.