The Cure for Hypocrisy

Earlier this week, I mentioned a lady who enjoyed bible study but was afraid of being a hypocrite.  Yesterday, I mentioned how I felt like a hypocrite.  Well, I’ve thought about it, and I think I have the solution. Problem is, the pride of humans makes it nearly impossible to follow through.

Another person I spoke with this week let me know he did not want to be baptized or start attending church because he would be a hypocrite if he did.  Somehow, he got the impression that Christians are perfect people.  And I think he got that impression from those of us who mistakenly believe we are.

We are a fallen people.  Sez so right there in Genesis 3.  We are separated from God by our sin.  I sin my way, someone else sins their way.  None of us are perfect.  When I volunteered in prison, I told the inmates, “The only difference between me and you is that you’re in here.”  And I honestly believe that.

When I was in high school, there were a group of Christians who believed they were better than everybody else.  Rather than interest people in a relationship with Christ, they frightened people with religion.  There were rules about swimming.  There were rules about dancing.  There was total abstention from alcohol.  There was no room for error.  One foul-up and you were bound for hell!

This was the Christ I grew up knowing.  Imperfect people telling me that if I wasn’t perfect I was going to be condemned for all eternity.  No wonder I took up drinking!  I mean, if I can’t be perfect, I may as well enjoy myself, right?

Then I met Christ.  It was a January night 9 years ago.  The relationship began when I realized I did not have to be perfect.  All I need to do is love God and love my neighbor.  That’s it.  With love comes transparency.  I have nothing to hide (well, I’m not there yet…).  But more importantly, if I make a mistake, then I have nothing to fear. 

So, the cure for hypocrisy is love.  That’s it.  Whether you’re worried about being a hypocrite or angry with them, all you need is love.

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