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….