Years ago my husband and I invited a maintenance man, who had come to fix something in our apartment, to come to church with us. “Nah,” he said, “too many hypocrites go to church.” What a typical answer! Yes, unfortunately there are hypocrites in churches. However, there are plenty of hypocrites outside church as well. There are politicians who are hypocrites. There are family members who are hypocrites. There are coworkers who are hypocrites. And if we each were to honestly examine ourselves, many of us would unfortunately find some degree of hypocrisy that either has been or is present in our own lives–whether intentionally or unintentionally.
A simple Google search gives the definition of hypocrisy as follows: “the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform“. Ouch! Being a hypocrite is certainly nothing to be proud of, and it has been sad to see the far reaching and destructive affects of hypocrisy on both those who are and on those who have experienced it.
What many fail to remember are two things. Hypocrisy is sin, and with God’s help we need to recognize it in our lives (and that truly may be hard for some to see–so we should have grace in this area) and turn from it. Yes, being “real” and consistent and true can be tough but can be done with God’s help and strength. The other thing is that despite the hypocrites who are church members, family members, etc., God and the Bible are not hypocritical, and we are all still responsible for ourselves and our service to God–despite the hypocrites. When we stand before God we won’t be able to blame our lack of service for Him on someone else’s hypocrisy!
Hypocrisy is a prevailing theme in Facets of Deceit, the novel I’m writing now. Stay tuned.