Why some Christians look like hypocrites.
Turned off by Christianity?
Why do Christians seem so hypocritical? Churches are filled on Sunday morning with people dressed in their best, saying prayers, singing praise to God and smiling at everyone. Yet,some of these same people will go home and treat their family like dung and basically act like they are no different than the worst sinner?
In this article, I will address some of the reasons why some people look like hypocrites that go to church or say they are Christian believers. Within that classification falls many different doctrines and denominations. But the basic premise is the belief that Jesus Christ being the son of God. But within that belief system differences abound profusely.
Christians are often called hypocrites because they seem so critical and judgemental of other people yet they do not practice what they preach. The truth of the matter sadly speaking is that it is true for many. But the reason can be understood in light of what Christianity is and is not. Christianity is not just another religion but a righteous standing relationship with God through the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Just because someone goes to church does not mean he or she knows anything about God or the Bible or His son Jesus Christ. It may be something one does out of habit, or perhaps to feel better about oneself or try to earn a brownie point from God. Religion is all about trying to please God by doing this or that so that He will bless you.
Churchgoers for the most part think that they have to live by a standard code of conduct, that is written by God (the Ten Commandments) or by men (dress code for church etc.). Now, whoever seems to be able to live by the rules or laws better than others may become judgmental towards them and feel somewhat superior to those who have a more difficult time keeping the rules. Self-righteousness can sneak up on some one unaware, and it usually stinks. The individual who walks around with it, usually has no idea of it, but others surely do and most don't like it.
On the other hand, if a person breaks the rules or laws the individual may feel guilty and condemned. Anything bad that happens, it is thought justified because that person is not worthy of God's blessings but needs to be punished for the wrong doing.
Isn't this like any other religion, trying to please a god in order to receive blessings from them. The good news is that this is not what God wants from us. You see it's not about what we can do for God but what He has done for us. He has made us innocent.
It's really pretty simple to understand, Romans explains it well.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men because all sinned-.... Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by grace of the one man, Jesus Christ overflow to many.....
For if by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through one man, Jesus Christ.
Now look at Romans 3:22-26
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. For there is no difference for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came through Christ Jesus.
In a nut shell, it's saying through the sin of Adam came death to all men, and through Jesus Christ life, and righteousness. Now think about this for a moment. We had nothing to do with the fall of man- that brought to us separation from God because we weren't even around then!! So, when Jesus who took upon himself all the sin of the world and paid the penalty for us and put us in right standing with God (being innocent of wrong doing) we were not around then. God took what Adam did and turned it around to make us worthy of all God's blessings.
He did this becasue He loves us. A verse which is known to many tells us thist, John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave us His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
It's that simple, when we accept the gift of righteousness, we have the ability to go before God with out feeling guilty or ashamed. He looks at us as innocent as Adam was before the fall; therefore, we can have a relationship as Adam and Eve had with God in the Garden of Eden before sin (separation from God) came into the world.
God is love and He made human beings to pour out His love on them and have a relationship with them. But man blew it long ago and became separated from God. But God bridged that separation through the life of Jesus Christ.
Pure and simple that is what Christianity is all about. It's sad because many who attend church weekly haven't got a clue to what it is all about; therefore, can we really say they are hyprocrites?