As I was riding along with a close friend in a certain Utah metropolitan area, he vented that he didn’t like living in the center of Mormondom, because he felt Mormons were all hypocrites.
An epiphany hit me right then: he was right. Mormons are hypocrites.
So was he. So am I.
We are all hypocrites.
I’m writing this today because I see so many people nowadays, ESPECIALLY on the internet, decry Christians as hypocrites. It is getting popular to bash Christianity, not just from the “liberal elite” and “Hollywood elite” but your run-of-the-mill Joe on the street. Just last week, author Anne Rice “quit” Christianity. She says she is still centered on Christ, but she couldn’t be associated with such close-minded people anymore. The comments on the articles regarding this had savage disregard for Christians by the majority of the posters.
This is what I wish my Twitter response would have been:
Pot: @Kettle: ur black! LOL!!11!
OK, before this gets too weird, what do I mean with all of this?
Christians need to keep this in mind, so we walk with the humility needed to realize we are going to screw up. However, the point for us is, we have an avenue for redemption. We have a way to better ourselves. We won’t be perfect until we meet Jesus, but we have a hope. We have no excuse when we show hypocrisy. It is a sin, and there are consequences. I know I want to get better. For me it is the process of sanctification – meaning that the Holy Spirit is working in me to slowly change me. I wish it were faster, but the limitation comes from me alone.
For those who want to keep accusing Christians of hypocrisy – ya got us. But note the words from the apostle Matthew above – “for in the same way YOU JUDGE OTHERS, you will be judged.” You’ve been warned. If you accuse people of hypocrisy, you might want to look in the mirror first. We’re not alone.