What Should I Say? (Part 6)

Today we are going to talk about the difficult topic of hypocrisy.  You know, when you say one thing and then do another.  I will agree there are some Christians who are very much hypocrites.  They will tell about living a Godly life and then turn around and do things that God wouldn’t like at all.  There are also many non-Chritians I know that are big time hypocrites as well.

Part of the problem is that humans are flawed.  People are going to mess up sometimes, even when they have the very best intentions starting out.  There is no such thing as a human who will not disappoint you at some point.  God is the only one you can count on never disappointing you, but no person is God.

Hypocrisy is never a good thing, but sometimes even the best intentioned people can appear as hypocritical to others.  I guess all we can do is try our very best to live our lives like God would want us to and more times than not, we will not be seeming to say one thing and doing another.

Here are some points to consider when engaging someone on the topic of hypocrisy:

When people express anger at hypocrisy, that are in good company.  Jesus directed some of his harshest words at the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his day.  At least on this subject, our friends and God are actually on the same side.

Jesus alone was free from sin.  He is the only person who ever has been completely free from hypocrisy.  he will never disappoint those who put their trust in him.

Many hypocrites are only pretending to be Christians.  That said, hypocrisy is a sin and even believers struggle with it.  There is a difference, however, between a struggling but honest believer and a hypocrite who refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Judgementalism can refer to an unacceptable “I’m better than you” attitude.  It can also refer to Christian’s belief that we are right in our beliefs, and therefore others are wrong.  That is usually spiritual confidence, which is natural (as long as it doesn’t get mixed with arrogance).  Everyone thinks that what they believe is true.  Don’t make that the issue, rather keep the discussion focused on Christ.

We need to let how we live our live define our belief in God.  Don’t try to define it by what you say and then turn around and let how you live your life reflect something else.


About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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