THERE, I SAID IT.
If theres one thing I can’t stand, it’s a hypocrite. It really bothers me when people act one way around one person, but a completely different way around another. When they post on social media about how perfect their life is, but in reality we all know little Johnny is a hellion and your profile pic is filtered. But have you ever noticed that the things that drive us nuts MOST about other people are the things we can’t stand about ourselves?
For example, it drives me crazy when my son asks for something 800 times in a row. I’ve already answered him and told him he needed to wait. But he continues to ask because he has zero patience. Yes, this is part of being a toddler. But I believe it drives me crazy because I do the exact same thing. I hate having to wait and will annoy someone to death until they tell me what I need to know.
Honestly I struggled with this post because what I had initially planned on writing about didn’t seem right. I couldn’t figure it out. Until I realized that what I was writing about was not something I was doing. The one thing I was telling all of you that you should be doing to grow in Christ, I myself was not doing.
I am a hypocrite. There, I said it.
“They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” Titus 1:16
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
We all have been hypocritical at some point in our lives. We’re imperfect human beings and therefore make imperfect choices. Our motives are not always what they should be. Webster’s dictionary states that a hypocrite is “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion, or acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings”. I claim to know God, be a Christian and love others. But is this how I truly live my life?
The Bible tells us that “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” – Luke 12:2.
I might be stepping on toes here, because honestly this is not really a fun subject to discuss. You and I may be able to fool others with our actions, but God sees all. Ultimately, it’s his judgement we should be concerned about instead of putting on an act so as to avoid judgement by others. Easier said than done right? I understand completely the pressures of wanting to appear a certain way. In my mind I am thinking of a woman I follow on Facebook. Her life is literally perfect. I honestly can’t say I’ve ever even seen a hair out of place. Her husband is hot, her kids are adorable and her job seems to be extremely lucrative, judging by the trips they take and the clothing they wear. But we have to remember that that is not real life. In no way am I calling this woman a hypocrite, but I have to constantly remind myself that what she shows on Facebook and what her life is probably like, are two very different things.
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
At the same time, I believe the enemy uses our feelings of hypocrisy to keep us from doing things that would further the Kingdom. For example, I have a friend who has felt God calling her to take a leap of faith and start a new ministry. But she feels unqualified and ill-equipped and therefore is having second thoughts. The devil is trying to use those insecurities to keep her from following God’s calling on her life. We have to remember to live what we preach but not allow the devil to bring us down when we don’t or make us feel unworthy. God uses us despite our sin, and even uses our failures to help lead others to him!
Are you struggling with feeling like a hypocrite? Maybe you are a leader in your church but you feel unqualified to tell others about Christ. Perhaps you portray yourself as the perfect mom on Facebook so no one can see that you are struggling to get out of bed in the mornings. Maybe you are tasked with writing a blog for the ladies ministry but haven’t spent time with Jesus in days. Believe me. You are not alone. I feel it too. But our God is a loving God! We don’t have to be someone we’re not. He loves us no matter what.
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.” – Ephesians 2:4-5