One of the reasons that I hear all too often from unbelievers for rejecting the Gospel is that Christians are hypocrites. I know that the real reason is rebellion against God and most any excuse will do, but this excuse is misplaced.
The first thing to clear up is the exact definition of a hypocrite. A hypocrite is someone that purposefully claims to be something that he or she is not. This is certainly not true of a Christian. A Christian openly claims to be a Christian, but never claims to be free of sin. The confusion comes with the unbelievers understanding of sin. Christianity comes from the word Christ and Jesus Christ’s death upon the cross and our acceptance of Christ as our Lord and savior is the how God counts us forgiven of our sins, not free of sin.
Being a Christian reveals to us our sinfulness and we come to understand our need for forgiveness, while the unbeliever never comes to understand the need for forgiveness. The unbeliever judges himself against other Christians and not against God’s standard. Christians are not God’s standard…God’s standard is Jesus Christ.
A hypocrite is someone that claims not to know God when God says that all know God.
Rom1.18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
A hypocrite is someone that claims to be seeking when God says no one seeks God.
Rom3.10 as it is written: None is righteous, no, not one;11no one understands; no one seeks for God.
A hypocrite is someone that claims to be good when God says that no one is good.
Rom3.12All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
Christians are not hypocrites: they know God, they know that God called them and in their humbled heart they answered, and most of all they know that they are sinful and needed Christ as their redeemer. The one thing a Christian is not is a hypocrite.
Published on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 @ 7:32 AM CDT