Have you ever had someone tell you they didn't want to be a part of the Christian faith because of all the hypocrites in the church?
And, it's sad, but true.
There are thousands of church goers that walk into their sanitary church buildings, every single week…
Sitting on the back row.
Reclining on the front row.
Sitting on the platform.
Preaching from the pulpit.
Singing from the choir loft.
What a minute?
We're all hypocrites in some form or fashion, right?
Hypocrisy is simply saying one thing, and doing another. It's the idea that someone would put on a face that surely doesn't reflect the honesty of the heart. And who ever does that?
WE ALL DO!
It's part of human nature. It's self preservation. It's a way of controlling one's feelings, and being a part of controlling what others think. It's, well….it's life.
We all want to be better than we are.
We all want to achieve more than we have.
We all want to project the best possible scenario in life.
But the bottom line is, we all struggle. We all have issues. There's not one person sitting in a pew this Sunday who has life figured out. And you know what…that's ok…as long as we don't try and play the hypocritical game with ourselves.
We need to examine the depths of our heart.
We need to be honest with ourselves.
For, if honesty begins to permeate the very core of our being, then and only then will we allow the transformation that God so desperately wants for us.
I was reading Matthew 15 this morning. The Pharisees called Jesus out, "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!" (v.2)
You see, there was a ceremonial cleansing that happened before meal times, and the disciples, well sometimes, let's just say, their stomachs were driving the situation.
Jesus couldn't take it anymore. He retorted, "Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.' But
you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you
might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,' he is not to 'honor his father' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
" 'These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are but rules taught by men.
Wouldn't that be a wake up call?
Jesus was basically holding the bar of moral accountability up as high as the Pharisees were. He was trying to show them the necessity of loving God with your whole being.
So What? Their hands were dirty when they ate, but look at all the good they're doing to spread the gospel.
So What? The kids brought some drinks in the sanctuary. At least they're there.
So What? The music changed genre this week because the pastor wanted to see if he could attract a different crowd.
Jesus is helping us see the danger of pointing out something that doesn't sit well with you, and calling someone out on it.
Let's be a people that allows people to be people rather than a bunch of hypocrites.
Don't you think there are bigger battles to fight, than this one?