Christians and Hypocrisy
Well I've been wondering what to write on next, with several different interests and passions in life aside from or in addition to my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am inspired by a question posted by 'Jesus Freak' in a hub...."Why are Christians such hypocrits?" I of course am not someone who has the answers, just perspectives I can share from my understanding and experiences.
Even though we have the Holy Spirit living within after we make the choice to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, we still live in a fallen world, we still inhabit a body of flesh. This is going to sound cliche - Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven. Paul mentioned (paraphrasing here) how he did or said things he wished or knew he shouldn't, and didn't do or say the things he knew he should....the flesh - a contstant challenge.
It's interesting that so many non Christians (or should I say 'pre'?) are watching, and some waiting, for the Christian in their life to do or say something really un-Christ like. Everyone is a hypocrit at some point or another....may we be courageous and humble enough to ask forgiveness of one another when we should. Praise God for his forgiveness, mercy and grace - and may we not take that grace for granted! I'm so glad His love for us is not conditioned upon what we do or don't do. We are saved by grace, through faith, not of ourselves so that no man can boast. Jesus had to come, to set us free from the law because nobody can follow the commandments perfectly. Perhaps others hold us to a higher standard because of God living in us... this is understandable and I believe most desire to represent Him well, yet there are times when we fail, we become vulnerable. There is a real enemy who works harder to see us stumble and fall, rather than those who are not Christians. Satan, the father of lies wants to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to discredit God, including any positive impact we may have on others. Satan's most strategic battle plan includes how he can affect one's mind.
The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis are a great illustration of how I believe Satan and his band of fallen beings operate. May we remember to put on our full armor each day so we can take our stand against the devil, and realize that the helmet, the breastplate, the shield, the belt, our foot coverings, are our defensive weapons....it's is the sword of the Spirit, the Word that is alive and active - that we must proclaim - which is our offensive weapon against him.
May we remain confident, knowing He who is in us is greater...Jesus tells us to take heart, for he has overcome the world! Being a Christian is not easy....in the midst of our trials we can certainly experience some things others can't, yet it requires abiding or remaining in Him, which first and foremost includes being in the Word. The Word is our source of everything - acceptance, beauty, blessing, conviction, confirmation, delivery, eternity, freedom, forgiveness, goodness, health, history,illumination, joy, kindness, knowledge, love, life, mercy, nobility, originality, passion, power, qualification, redemption, salvation, strength, truth, transformation, unveiling, virtue, wisdom, X, Yahweh, zeal - to name a few! Let us continue to cling to the hope that we have in Him and do our very best to love mercy, do justly and walk humbly with our God.