Thursday, August 20, 2015

Take the “Hip” out of Hypocrisy

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

A rather pompous acting Sunday School teacher was trying to impress a Jr. Boy’s Class of the importance of living the Christian life. “Why do you think people call me a Christian?” he asked. There was a moment of silence, then little Johnny blurted out, “Maybe it’s because they don’t know you!”

That reminds me of something Mark Twain once said, “We're all like the moon, we have a dark side we don't want anyone to see.”

Hypocrisy is a dangerous thing. It has turned many people from the Lord to search for answers elsewhere. It has the potential of ruining an entire generation, and perhaps more after them. If you are as old as I am and remember the 1960’s, a generation rose up that held those before them with contempt. Their motto was, “Never trust anyone over 30,” and they often pointed out the hypocrisy the generations before them.

Ours is a daunting task, to “make disciples in all the nations” [Matthew 28:19]. That is a lot easier done when hypocrisy is taken off the plate. Christ followers who know and love God must never stop Him from searching their “dark side” in order to serve Him more effectively.

Take a stand against hypocrisy — not just in general, but personally. Let God search your heart and thoughts as the Psalmist instructed. Then allow Him to uproot the things that need uprooting, especially hypocrisy. Think of it as a “hypocri-sectomy.” 

There's so much kingdom work to be done. So let’s drop the weight of hypocrisy; don’t carry it  around any longer. Praying as the Psalmist did is the best place to start.

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:3-4

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