Friday, January 28, 2011

Christians Are Hypocrites

 Have you ever heard someone say that Christians are hypocrites?  Well I want to look into this statement a little closer.  What do we mean by the word hypocrite?  It comes from the Greek word hypokrites.  In the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible the meaning of this word is an actor under assumed character (stage-player).  In other words it is to act like someone different than we are.   It is not only on the outside that this word talks about being an actor, but the heart of the person is the driving force.

I think that there are many ways that hypocrisy shows in people.  A person can act one way at home and another at work.  And then they can be completely different with their friends than they are with the person they are dating or married to.  As humans we have developed this way of acting as a defense against criticism.  But we want to be real with everyone.  When we act in a way that is unreal we are hurting ourselves.  We are saying, “no one will like me if I am myself”.   We, as people, need to act out what we really are because we have a body, soul and spirit that needs to be able to communicate with others and be accepting of others and ourselves.  We need to be what we are.  Like Popeye said, “I am what I am”.

Now you may wonder where Christians come into this picture.  Well, Christians are people with the same insecurities and are struggling with a lot of the same things everyone else on earth is struggling with.  But they are telling everyone that they believe that Jesus Christ is their savior.  They are so bold that they say they KNOW that they are going to heaven.  Wow, the audacity!  They may even be telling you that you have to go to church, read the bible and accept Jesus Christ as your savior.  It is just too much for you to handle.  And then they do things that don’t even line up with the teachings of their Savior.  You can see they are not doing things right even though you don’t know much about the bible, you know that much.

I want to first tell you what a Christian believes and many Americans already know this.  In a nutshell it comes down to this:  There is a loving God who made the universe and everything in it.  He is spirit and has no wrong in Him.  Because He is God, He always does what is right and he cannot do anything wrong, ever.  People have a will and can choose right and wrong.  God wants us to choose Him and His ways over our natural ways.  But He lets us decide.    We can obey God or not.  If we do not obey God, we commit sin.  No one likes that word and many don’t feel it should be a word at all.  But the truth is that without the knowledge that there is sin we cannot want a life without the thing that we don’t want to hear about.  God says that we die from our sins (this is a physical death as well as a spiritual death).  But then He doesn’t want everyone to die from their sins, so in the Old Testament He made a covenant with the Israelites that included animal sacrifice.   This sacrifice was to be without blemish and it would take the sins away from the people.  It was to show His people that there is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood.  Then God later sent Jesus, His only Son, to live with His people in Israel.  He lived and taught and made disciples and then was crucified.  Then he was buried.  On the third day He rose from the dead.  He was seen by hundreds of people after is death and then He went to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.  That is where Jesus is now.  When the Christians give their lives to Jesus, they are putting all of their sins on Him on the cross.  He forgives all the sins of those who believe for their past, present and future.  The Bible is the true source of information about God and this plan of salvation.  Because God is a righteous, just and holy God, He judges each persons heart.  We can’t work our way to heaven.  God says that we must have faith in Him in order to please Him.

So, the Christian is forgiven and knows he is on his way to heaven.  He wants to tell everyone and make sure they are all going to heaven too.  But he still has problems and is tempted and now has to learn about God.  The Christian has a lot of work to do.   And God is never finished with the work He is doing with each person until He brings us home.    When we make mistakes and sin, we must ask for forgiveness.  We must acknowledge that God is in complete control of our lives.  Christians are not trying to be hypocrites, they are trying to live that balanced life that Jesus is teaching them day by day.  God loves us more than we can ever understand.  He loves us so much that He lets us make up our own mind whether to believe in Him and the way of salvation or not.  Down deep in our hearts we have a true desire to have God in our lives.  We want to please God and learn His ways.   God clearly tells us to love others as we were loved by Him and to forgive as we have been forgiven.  He also promises to help us to obey these commands.  We are weak but He is strong.

I know that I cannot change your mind about Christians.  I can only tell you what I know as true and you can judge for yourself.  This in no way justifies the sinful actions of others.  When Jesus comes into our life we are to follow His commandments.  It is a life that brings us away from ourselves and closer to God and people around us.  We are not only responsible to God for our every action, but our thoughts and the deep desires of our hearts.  Just this little bit of knowledge about God and Jesus and God’s plan of salvation may bring you to cry out to God and say  “Abba Father please accept me, a sinner.  Please write my name down in the book of life.”

If you did ask God to save you or you are interested in learning more, I suggest that you read the book of Romans in the Bible.  It is 16 chapters and is a perfect start to understanding what Christianity is all about.

And lets always remember to ask God for help to be ourselves and His people without hypocrisy.

1 comment:

PattyLee said...

Very well said, Linda! You are quite a writer.