They're All A Bunch of Hypocrites

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This post has stuff about religion and a previous relationship. My perspective has changed

All Christians aren’t hypocrites. They can be mistaken as hypocrites sometimes, though, because of a simple logical error. The assumption goes: “That Christian is sinning! They’re a hypocrite.” But there’s a huge hole in that logic. A hypocrite is “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion”, according to Merriam-Webster’s Online Dictionary. The problem is, the majority of Christians who go to church and talk about Jesus and serve in a ministry are notputting on a false appearance. They live their lives open and transparent. They know and profess that they are in fact, sinners.

Church can be likened to a clinic in some senses. One goes to a clinic because they are ill. They have some sickness that needs treatment. Does one immediately become better just because they walk into the clinic? NO! They are seen by a doctor, they are given a prescription, and then they go home to get better. They will continue to go back until they are well. In the case of a Christian, and all humanity for that matter, the illness is chronic. It can be helped and it can be diminished but the being is infected at their core. They are infected with sin.

Thus when a Christian is found sinning Monday morning after a “weekend of holiness” it is likely that they are not putting on a false appearance, but that they are stumbling on the very sin that they have just dealt all weekend with. And if you ask them about it directly, it may be difficult for them to speak freely about it, but they will tell you that they are aware of the sin, and are trying to work it out. And that they don’t want to commit that sin.

For example, I often struggle with honoring my wife by not looking at other women. In this day and age it is just about the hardest thing a man could try to do. We all know how inundated we are with sexual imagery. Whether it’s TV, radio, a magazine, some girl at work, or a waitress at a restaurant there is less clothing around than ever before (especially in Arizona!). At my core, I am a sinful man, with sinful desires. And in my sinful state I occasionally give in and take a look. But I will be the first to tell you that I’m trying with everything that’s in me not to. And yeah, on Sunday morning I’ll be getting prayer about it.

This is not to say that there aren’t Christians who are hypocrites. There are many. But to throw out all Christians and Christianity as a whole, on account of the few would be like saying one should never drive because there are accidents.

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