Hypocrite! It has the ring of condemnation and disgust about it, doesn’t it? In fact after hearing the term used derisively, you almost want to add a word and say “dirty hypocrite!” We dislike intensely what the word represents… Someone who advocates one thing and practices quite another – someone who condemns others for their behavior and all the while are guilty of the same behavior. Dirty hypocrites!
I’ve said it before in my “Coffee with the Lord” posts… but I’ll admit it again – I am a recovering hypocrite! I confess it! I acknowledge it! And believe me, I turn from it and repudiate with repugnance the tendency in my life (that means that I “repent” of it). I want nothing to do with hypocrisy! Instead, with the Lord’s help and grace, I want to live a life of authentic righteousness! Never “holier than thou” – just “holy” with God’s help!
Was reminded of all of that as I read the following indictment of hypocrisy in the Bible this morning…
“Therefore you have no excuse – every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.” (Romans 2:1–11 ESV)
So, here’s the deal… I never want to stiffen and rebel when God deals with me! I don’t want to defend and justify my sin! I want to repent and turn from it! God is fair! He shows no partiality! He uses the same ruler to measure every man. No one gets by with anything. We all face judgment! There is only one solution… God’s forgiveness and mercy – and, praise the Lord, I need it and He gives it (1 John 1:8-9)! With His help I want to live a righteous life and please Him… “True blue” – righteous “inside-out” – that’s my desire! Help me Lord by your grace!