I find it funny when people say they don’t want to be a Christian because they’ve known too many Christians who are hypocrites. I also find it funny when people claiming to be Christians refuse to go to a church gathering because they’ve seen too much hypocrisy in the church.
While these arguments are worth serious consideration, they strike me as humorous when you start to think about them a little. As far as Christians refusing to attend any type of church service due to general religious hypocrisy, would that person say they are not a hypocrite? And second, as far as those who refuse to believe in Jesus due to the hypocrisy of His followers, don’t they realize one simple truth?
Everyone is a hypocrite.
It doesn’t matter who you are. Get down off your high horse and admit it, you’ve played the hypocrite at one point in time. Everyone does. Give a body enough time to speak and live and he/she will slip up eventually. I’m a hypocrite; you’re a hypocrite. We’re all guilty.
So now what? For starters, maybe having that perspective will give you a little more patience and grace when people act like hypocrites. Knowing that it “takes one to know one” goes a long way. But I also want to note that the Bible knows we are hypocrites and spends quite a bit of time addressing the issue (see Jeremiah 7:1-15 & Matthew 6 for starters).
We should all strive to be genuine, in word and deed, but understand that we all fail. That doesn’t mean we should turn a blind-eye to hypocrisy, rather we should deal with it in love and humility. Maybe then we can have genuine conversations about faith and life without the shallow arguments in tow.