A Thought on Truth and Hypocrisy

Sometimes, we as Christians, and just people in general, have a hard time accepting the truth.  We can see it, even know it, and yet still refuse to live by and accept it.  We live in a world that likes to tell us that we can live according to our own truth, that we can make it up as we go along, or that we can just pick out the parts of it we like, and leave the rest of it.  All of these things are ways of rationalizing our behavior.  The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word rationalize as:To devise self-satisfying but incorrect reasons for (one’s behavior).  That’s a fancy, intellectual way of saying, that we just plain flat-out lie to ourselves.  Some people become so good at it, they don’t even recognize that they’re doing it.  Imagine living in a whole world full of people who are all telling themselves lies so that they can feel self-satisfied with their behavior…

Christians aren’t above this kind of behavior either, sad to say, and it’s because they’re not, that we have had to live with the world’s accusation that the church, the body of Christ, is filled with hypocrisy, and that many of us are hypocrites.  In the ancient Greek theater, a hypocrite was one who wore a mask while playing a part on a stage in which he would imitate the walk, talk, and behavior typical of a character being played.  It’s where we get the modern term “actor” from.  In essence, he would be a religious fraud.  I won’t deny that there are hypocrites in the church, but then there are hypocrites in the world, too.

Truth and hypocrisy go about as well together as peanut butter and sauerkraut, a striped blouse and polka-dot skirt, white wine at a tailgate party…. you know what I mean.  Yet, so many people, both in and out of church, in the world, mix and match, and combine, all sorts of things, and come up with some of the most  comical, nonsensical,  and inane conclusions about their own lives and the lives of others, and the world we live in that well… just defy understanding.  Not only that, but it’s in the combining, the mixing and matching, of things that don’t go together that have given birth to some of the most perverted ideas and philosophies we see in the world around us.

Some people might roll their eyes, when I say that there’s such a thing as “spiritual blindness,” but I know there is.  I know this as well as I know that there is darkness and light, right and wrong, good and bad.  I know that some things can’t exist together side by side, and that there are some things you can’t bring together because by their very natures they are in direct opposition to each other.  The fact that people can believe that they can involve themselves with the filth of this world, and yet be a part of God’s Kingdom just goes to show that many people are indeed “spiritually blind.”

Hypocrisy is a form of “spiritual blindness” in that it allows people to look at other people through the eyes of  condemnation and judgment, often to the point of damnation, with no thought or ability to look at oneself, and is a complete denial of the truth of God’s Word which is the only real truth.  The fact is that we must make a choice between living for truth or living for ourselves.

Truth, real truth, destroys hypocrisy….

 

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12 thoughts on “A Thought on Truth and Hypocrisy

  1. Lyn Leahz

    Hey now! I like peanut butter and sauer kraut! It goes together well…mmmm….add a few meal worms and some crickets and you got it going on! Don’t be picking on ol’ peanut butter and sauer kraut now or we’re going to have to rumble brother! ha ha ha ha!

    Hold on, now that I’ve actually seriously thought of that combination…I feel the need to…yeah…ewwww! LOL!

    On a serious note dear Wayne, Amen! Your article wreaks of truth…the truth many will say ‘amen’ to just as I did, but never see themselves in it. They will say “amen” and think of someone else they know, but never interject their own self into it. The truth is, all of us have our moments we are the biggest most puffed up with pride people there are, pointing our fingers and shaking our fists at someone in judgment. Then, when we come down off of our high, we begin to realize, “Well, maybe I should’ve said this or that…”

    There is however such a thing as righteous anger, which is not hypocrisy. This happens when someone blasphemes the Lord, or preaches false doctrine. It is also okay to tell other people that they’re doing something against God, admitting that you have done the same, and that you make mistakes at the same time (have to pad the bomb a little when you drop it.) The sad truth is, that so many are lukewarm these days and don’t want to face up to the fact that they are living in a state of Alice in Wonderland…licking the lolipops of deceit and chasing after devils in innocent bunny costumes.

    These are the days…the days we knew would come. We are in them…now!

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  2. philosophical11

    Sadly you’re right about hypocrisy in the Church. 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;”

    And there are wonderful Christian websites like http://www.answersingenesis.org/ equipping Christians to defend the faith, yet so many people claim to be Christians and completely ignore 1 Peter 3:15. The never give others reasons for their faith, they just quote a few Bible verses and expect people to accept it.

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    1. Wayne Augden Post author

      Thank you for your comment. I agree. We, as Christians, would do better to share our experience with Christ, and let others see the before and after. It’s certainly important to know the Word of God, and the Bible says that we are to be handle it skillfully, but it’s our experience and our living out the experience in front of others that makes the difference. Thank the Lord for His transforming work in the lives of His children.

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  3. drell3

    well put.. It really hits home on the fact that at times the ones who need the most are the ones who fail to see the words.. I pray that all who need this will find it here. Bless you Wayne.

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    1. Wayne Augden Post author

      What a sweet and lovely thing to say, and I pray that your prayer will be answered. May God work in all the lives of His children to accomplish His purpose, and may He bless you continually throughout your life…

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