Christians Are Hypocrites and Fake – March 8, 2016

Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

Romans 12:9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

Recently, I read an article listing five reasons people do not like Christians. Monday’s blog talked about reason 1: Christians are bitter; they argue, and they fight (Find that article @ www.johnmarkcaton.com). A second reasons that people don’t like Christians is because they are hypocrites and fake. One comment said, “Christians dress up on Sunday then live completely differently the rest of the week.” Well, the truth is some Christians are hypocrites. However, the vast majority of Christians I know, acknowledge they are not anywhere near perfect; in fact, most of us fall in that category.

Putting on a mask or pretending things are better than they are is not distinctive to people who call themselves Christians. Jesus gave us a good idea of hypocrisy in the Sermon on the Mount. He said in Matthew 7:5, “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.” Notice, Jesus said the hypocrite is the one who tries to take the speck out of his brother’s eye without first taking the log out of his own eye. Jesus was saying your order is all wrong, get the log out of your own eye then you can see clearly enough to help someone else. What is the point? Before you try and fish the speck out of someone else’s eye today, spend some time digging the log out of your own eye. Know that when you are fake, you are not fooling anyone. Stay connected to God’s Word for guidance. Stay surrounded by faithful (not perfect) believers who will help your faith be real and  honest.

Think about that and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D