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May 1, 2011 Sermon: When Christians Get it Wrong - When Christians are UnChristian Resource Page Web Resource: www.changingthefaceofchristianity.com/hypocrisy/ Are Christians Hypocritical? October 12, 2010 By R. Brad White 2 Comments Hypocrisy in the Christian church is a huge problem. Even Christians say we’re hypocritical. Being a hypocrite means we believe something, but act contrary to that belief; having a double standard; duplicitous. Christian Hypocrisy means pretending to be better or more “holy” than someone else while privately being the same as other people. For example, it’s hypocritical to talk about having “joy” and “peace” in our life, when our lives are just as messed up, stressful, and turbulent as everyone else. Christian hypocrisy is evident when we pass righteous judgment on someone else, while ignoring our own problems. From “anonymous” on thinkatheist.com “I do agree that Christians can be good people. But, not good enough to defy their god by doing some community outreach with “hell-bound” people. I would never consider being a Christian, but I might consider not being so critical if more Christians were open and genuine and willing to actually talk about their beliefs. Their arrogance (“we know the truth, you don’t”) belies the hypocrisy of whatever acceptance/love they could muster.” Jesus spoke about and warned against such Hypocrisy. To be fair, being a hypocrite is not an exclusive Christian condition. It’s a human condition. Anyone who says “I’m not hypocritical” is by default…a hypocrite . However, the reason why hypocrisy is an issue in the Christian church is because we’re the ones preaching about living a more holy or pure lifestyle. You don’t hear many agnostics or atheists telling other people how to live. Being “preachy” is a very accurate label for our Christian faith. So, the burden of proof lies with us. We must DO what we SAY…or we should stop saying. Anything less is the worst kind of hypocrisy. Every Christian is guilty of living a sinful life. It’s impossible to completely escape sin on our own. When we speak or live in a way that hides our sins, or we act as if we do not struggle with any sins, we start down the hypocritical road. We begin to live as if we are better than those who do not go to church. We live as if our sins are not as bad as other people’s sins. Just because our sins have been forgiven because we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, this doesn’t mean we have a license to sin. This is exactly what the Bible warns us against. We need to confess our own sins to one another, and look at each other as equally burdened with sin. And when we live in a way that demonstrates that we are all equal in our plight, we can begin to see the value of Christ as a savior to us all. The label of “hypocrite!” will fall away only when we become real and transparent, and when we learn to address our own sin as effortlessly as we like to address sin in others.
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