Hypocrisy. This word is often the default descriptor used against Christians when a Christian does not believe or act the specific way the accuser believes or acts. People of faith can love and accept others without being a fan of the others behavior. Not particularly caring of the way a person acts or conducts themselves doesn’t make a Christian of questionable values. Hear me out, I’m not saying that there isn’t hypocrisy, we all know that there is, all I ask is that we examine the use of this word before one makes it the default.
Many Christians have been accused of hypocrisy when they are simply sharing the truths of Scripture, simply stating the very words of Jesus, simply living the life that their Lord has directed them to live. Much of the time, the accuser isn’t actually directing their disapproval to the Christian, but to God Himself.
I want to encourage you Christian, do not compromise the Truth in fear of how others will falsely accuse you. “You will serve and obey whom you fear! If you fear man, you will serve him. If you fear God, you will serve Him.” – John Bevere (author of Fear of the Lord, Driven by Eternity and many more…)
I also want to encourage you to be prayerful before you speak or act, questioning each step you make to ensure that you are living a life fully in alignment with what the word of God says. The Holy Spirit will guide you.
In fact, much of the time when this word hypocrisy is used, it’s when the Holy Spirit is at work (John 16:8) showing us where we are wrong, revealing our sin and instructing us on how we should live. Humility. Not many of us enjoy eating humble pie, but we all should learn how to eat this pie with enjoyment, it can transform our lives for eternity.
Finally, I’ll end with this:
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. Jude 1:20-23