Ever met a Christian who preaches loud and proud about what NOT to do? Those that preach the loudest are usually trying to cover the sound of their own sins screaming from within. The sad truth of it is that our own sins, seen in others, disturb us the most. I’ve shared on many occasions that I deal with arrogance and pride. I acknowledge this daily. It changes the way I am forced to think or speak. Sometimes I can’t say what I truly want to say for fear of it being received condescendingly. Sometimes, I say exactly how I feel and it cuts with the sting of arrogance.
The church is looked down upon, especially in America, as being hypocritical. You’re right, we are. I would make the argument, however, that everyone in every group across the entire planet is hypocritical.
The idea of Hypocrisy in the church isn’t a new one. As a matter of fact we can trace it back quite far. One moment in scripture that comes to mind is Galatians 2. Paul, the great Apostle, travels to Jerusalem after 14 years apart from the others. Upon arriving, he discovers that Peter (yes, that Peter) is acting like a hypocrite. In private, he meets with, eats with and has relationship with gentiles, or non-jews. For fear of what the other Jews might think, he finds himself withdrawing from his relationships with the gentiles.
Paul confronts Peter publicly (I don’t recommend this method in most cases) and rebukes him in front of everyone for his actions. “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
As Christians we should acknowledge our sins, publicly. Why? So that we can not be accused of hiding things and being hypocritical. If you struggle with drinking, and the faith you follow openly condemns alcoholics (I CORINTHIANS 6:9-11) to hell, then you will be viewed as a hypocrite unless you acknowledge the struggle and seek proper help. This doesn’t mean you won’t still be persecuted, for the slave is no greater than the Master, and if the Master (Jesus Christ) was persecuted, so too will you be.
Fight the good fight. Fight it smart.