Sunday Morning Christian, Monday Morning Hypocrite!
He walked into the office, put on his disguise, and faced another Monday morning – alone at his computer. Church was 27 hours ago so he could do all his heart desired today. “I was good yesterday”, he thought. “God will forgive me”, he moaned. What is one more sin? After all, it is so hard being good all the time, why even try?
He seldom read the Bible. He seldom prayed. Yet, he was quick to say he was a Christian. He refused to use profanity, but was trapped in sin. He talked a good talk, but where was the walk? Where was his relationship with His Creator? He saw the poor, the needy, the defenseless – yet he spoke and did nothing. He was pro-life yet supported the pro-abortion industry. He was one person at church, another at home, with his family, friends and co-workers. Around other Christians, he seemed to have it all, yet inside he was broken and alone. He made hundreds of thousands of dollars a year but gave little away. He was quite successful in the eyes of the world, but a failure to his faith! He longed to change, but did nothing. Day after day he lived a lie. Worst of all, he even believed his own lies. What a hypocrite!
The Ultimate Hypocrite
A glance at the dictionary confirms that a hypocrite is someone who “pretends to be better than he really is or to be pious, virtuous without really being so.” In other words, a hypocrite is simply someone who says one thing and does the opposite. When you desire to have the best of both worlds, you are doomed to fail! Many go to Church on Sunday and live apart from God the rest of the week.
“Doing the right thing” shouldn’t mean satisfying our own personal desires. It’s easy to do make good moral choices when others are looking, but what about when you’re alone and God is the only one watching? The mantra of the world is “if it feels good, do it!” Many underestimate the seduction and temptations of sin. They believe they can defeat sin alone. We all live hypocritical lives to varying degrees. In our hearts, we know when something is morally wrong, but we do it anyway because it feels good or is convenient.
How often do we see high-profile public leaders caught in a life of hypocrisy? The mighty fall! If it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone. Do you know the number reason people fall? It has to do with a lack of accountability – a lack of someone checking up on you and keeping you within the “safe zone”. God has given us an instruction manual and when we stay within its parameters we can succeed, yet when we stray from His intentions, it is then that all falls apart.
A Personal Reflection.
I didn’t like the man I saw in the mirror! You see, the man at the beginning of the story was me seven years ago. Though I accepted Christ in my teens, I fell away from my faith for so long! I had it all, yet was not walking a good walk. Sure I could talk the talk, but my life was in ruins. Making money was easy, but I was such a hypocrite! I wasted much of it away on my selfish desires – houses, cars, worldly treasures, yet did little to advance His kingdom! Money was my god. Sin was my desire and emptiness was my result.
The turnaround came only when I chose to fully surrender to Him – when I made a conscious decision to follow Him and turn things around. He waited patiently for me. My late uncle Bob used to say it best: “You can leave God, but He will never leave you”. We are so lucky to serve a God so loving, so full of mercy and grace. I am so grateful He chooses to look past our imperfections, loves us even when we don’t love Him back, and forgives us when we fall away. Like the story of the prodigal son, God is always there with arms wide open, waiting patiently for us to grow deeper with Him. He is my motivation, my desire, and my hope! I can change through Him! Today, I try to be more open, be more transparent, and place my faith at the center of all I do. I know I am far from perfect and still struggle with many facets of life, but being aware of where I was, having learned to despise who I used to be helps me look for ways to keep growing closer to him.
Thanks for listening!