Sorry, perhaps a little too much alliteration!
Today, I have a confession to make. Maybe this has never happened to you, but I have to admit I caught myself being hypocritical recently. Perhaps we all say or believe things are wrong that we do ourselves. If so, we’re all on the same playing field. However, that doesn’t mean some acts of hypocrisy aren’t more consequential than others, especially when experienced by those trying to determine whether or not Christianity is worth devoting their lives to. This is plain, but it’s also persistent, so for all us hypocrites and all us hurt by hypocrisy, here’s help to heal the harm (oops, did it again!).
1. Hypocrisy is wrong. Though no one should expect perfection from Christians, preaching without practicing merits an apology and amends, not an excuse (and none of the following are meant as one).
2. People choose Christianity because they know they’re sinners in need of a savior. Especially for newer Christians, it takes time to shed harmful habits, so patience is appreciated.
3. People also choose Christianity because they want to be more like God, so if they’re never shedding harmful habits, they may very well have not truly chosen Christianity yet.
4. Neither a tool like a scalpel nor a creator like a scalpel manufacturer are at fault if a person like a surgeon misuses the tool to harm instead of heal. Neither God nor Christianity are faulty in hypocrisy, only the people who misuse them for non-Christian ends.
5. If you consider it bad for a person to hypocritically do the opposite of what his faith commands, you have found agreement with that faith rather than a reason to reject it (Click to tweet).
6. The most healing response to a faith you wish people would more genuinely practice may be to show them what genuinely practicing that faith looks like. In doing so, you’ll better understand their difficulty, exclude the faith as the problem, and potentially save two people instead of none.
7. Jesus responded in exactly that way (in #6) to hypocrisy, even though he was verbally and physically abused, tortured, and killed by hypocrites. Although it is sometimes over-dramatized (and we need to admit when it is), the harm of hypocrisy is real and often very deep. The Christian God uniquely put himself in your shoes so you don’t have to endure it alone (Click to tweet).
Anything to add to or change about the above? Your experiences are unique, and your insights are welcome. We discuss more about healing from hypocrisy in Healing Hereafter as well. Download the ebook for FREE here (especially Booklet 5)!
And always attempt to avoid annoying alliteration. 😛
Have a great week everyone!