A Practical Guide To Christian Living: The Problem of Hypocrisy

Anthony W. Brooks

We’ve all heard it said that the Christian Church is a melting pot of hypocrisy, a stage of platitudes that are forgotten as soon as the final amens are sung. The people go home and turn on their computer screens and stare at the skins that are uncovered for their viewing pleasure, only to return in a few days to repeat said cycle until the return of their savior.

And sure hypocrisy is a problem in the church, but it is a problem that exists on both the Christian and non-Christian side as well. The Christian’s hypocrisy exists when he contradicts his professed faith by doing that thing which the Lord hates and the non-Christian’s hypocrisy shows itself when he uses the Christian’s hypocrisy as a reason why he isn’t a Christian.

Let’s Make One Thing Clear

When the Christian is in a state of hypocrisy he is in a state of non-Christianism. He is not acting as a Christian. He is like a foreigner in a country not his own. He acts like he belongs to that country part of the time, but goes home, closes the curtains and begins to speak another language on the phone, computer, or what have you. This is not consistent and should be condemned. The Bible gives clear rebuke to this sort of behavior:

“1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things.
” – Romans 2:1-2

Here Comes The But…

So what’s the problem with non-Christians calling it out? Well, nothing really. There is no problem here. The problem comes when these people use this hypocrisy as an excuse to not believe. They say, “I believe in God, but I cannot be a Christian because of their hypocrisy…” That’s a nice sentiment, but I need something else. As I’ve discussed above the hypocrite is not acting as a Christian when he is a hypocrite, he’s acting as a foreign spy within the church and will rightly be condemned for it. I need another reason. You are calling out one side for something that your side is doing. This isn’t logic. Someone can claim to be something that they are not. That doesn’t disprove the validity of the beliefs of Christianity. It disproves your validity as a rational person.

What Are Christians To Do Here?

Christians should respond to these claims with gentleness. Christianity is a history of hypocrites and we should be honest about this. We should practice what we believe and not be shy to point out those who act in this sort if way. If this is the argument they are using then we need to take the steam out of the argument.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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Published by A.W. Brooks

I am a husband, father, student, and classical Protestant Christian. My thoughts hold no authority, but they might help you shape the way you see the world. Who knows?

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