Are You A Hypocrite?

Why are we so oblivious to our own faults? But at the same time we can focus with laser like precision on what’s not right in another person’s life. Jesus, as you know, described the absurdity like this, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye (Mt.7:3)? Jesus calls such a person a hypocrite.

Are you a hypocrite?

  • You’re a hypocrite when you convince yourself that the failures of others is justification for you failing to be and do what God calls you to. This is a favorite ploy of the non-religious. They convince themselves that they are justified in avoiding the church house, because, after all, there are hypocrites down there. They see the “religion” of some as a sham so they avoid any pretense or appearance of church life. Ironically these people will spend eternity with the very folks they so despised in this life (Mt.24:51).

 

  • You’re a hypocrite when you write a person off because you know of something they’ve done or said in the past and as far as you’re concerned, that defines them from here on out. Dana Carvey’s caricature of the “church lady” in the Saturday Night Live Skit was unfair, primarily because there are some “church gentlemen” who also fit the bill.

 

  • You’re a hypocrite when you do in private what you condemn others for in public. These are those who “teach others, but do not teach themselves” (Rom.2:21).

 

1 Peter 2:1–3 1So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Brad Fry

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