The Hypocritical Christian

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Lent Day 18- Don’t be a hypocritical Christian. 

I read a headline a few weeks back featuring Pope Francis. While I am no longer Catholic – this Pope, I like him a lot more than the last guy. He has more of a lay it on the table approach. While I won’t be running back to the Catholic church anytime soon, I hope the Pope continues to be more vocal on his love all stance. The headline that caught my attention was this:

Pope suggests it’s better to be an atheist than a bad Christian

That’s a headline, right? This definitely got my attention. 

Don’t Be a Hypocritical Christian

So what is a hypocritical Christian? Well, this from All About God on Christian hypocrisy has some great points, this in particular struck me:

Hypocrisy is “claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.

Things to note about hypocrisy (from All About God):

  • Christian is called to grow in faith and progress to being more like Christ. This doesn’t always happen instantly.
  • A Christian is called to live a life of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience (Colossians 3:12). Be intentional about letting God change your heart.

While yes, Christians shouldn’t be hypocritical – it takes time to grow in faith and grace. 

Pope Francis Quotes on Hypocritical Christians

Here are a few quotes from Pope Francis in regards to Christians and hypocrisy: 

“To be a Christian means to do: to do the will of God — and on the last day — because all of us we will have one — that day what shall the Lord ask us? Will He say: ‘What you have said about me?’ No. He shall ask us about the things we did.”

Let the spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature created to be like God - truly righteous and holy. Ephesians 4:23-24 

“Here I am, Lord! … I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this… Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?”

To which Jesus may reply, according to the Pope:
“Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.’ That will be Jesus’ response to these scandalous people who live a double life.”
 

Judging the Hypocrites

So what does it mean to be a hypocritical Christian? To know better but to do anyways. Christian hypocrisy does get complicated though.
 
i didnt know you had the authority to judge me - is Jesus hiring?
 
Because at the end of the day – who are we to judge who the hypocrites versus the righteous? Not us. Just Jesus. 

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