“A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.” – Definition of “hypocrite” in Webster dictionary
You don’t have to spend much time talking to lost people before the topic of hypocrites in the church gets brought up. It seems as if every lost person you meet lives next door to a Christian who has left a bad taste in their mouth. Like you, I’ve thought of a dozen ways to shoot down this discussion. Honestly, though, I have bad news. Our churches are full to the brim with hypocrites.
We may not want to admit it but we have two natures alive within us. One is selfish, proud, and carnal. This nature isn’t going to get his act together until he is buried in the cemetery. The other nature is the redeemed man. This nature stands robed in the purity of Christ and is the one we hope everyone around us meets every day.
No matter how spiritually mature we are that old nature still wakes back up every now and again. This fact doesn’t speak of failure, though, but of mercy. We can live encouraged today, not because we are a religion of perfection, but because we are a band of pardoned hypocrites that daily benefit from the mercy of God. Now, that’s a club we can invite folks to!
Submitted by Zach Whitsel
Daily Reading: Romans 8-10
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