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.