Eric's Sunday Sermon; Hypocrites
Are parents really hypocritical when they hold their child to a higher standard.
"Do as I say not as I do"
Take my word for it every important religious text in some way tells us not to be a hypocrite. For our purposes hypocrite means someone who espouses one thing and does another. Although late I think I will pull up Merriam Webster and give the different definitions for fun. It is always interesting to look at a word from different angles. Hypocrites are everywhere.
Of particular interest is that voice inside our head where we say to ourselves what the right thing to do is and yet we do the opposite. We don't even have to open our mouths and we are hypocritical. Hey do not beat yourself up over it, it is part of our human condition. Now say it with me "HI my name is Eric and I am a hypocrite. There that takes some of the sting out.
Bible thumping hypocrites are the worst. Sorry but they get the worst rap here because they deserve it. Do not look any further. This author writes Sunday Sermons but can I live up to the suggestions I pose? Heck no. There is a great saying: Progress not Perfection. I try not to be a hypocrite. Do I succeed with perfection in trying not to be a hypocrite? Yes - my trying is perfect in that I keep trying. About perfect at not being a hypocrite? Not a chance.
I have coached a whole bunch. Little ones mainly into teenage years. I sure can tell them to run four laps but can and did/do I do it - again not a chance. But is that a hypocrite. Boss says everyone must do it this way but does it his own way which is different. Is she being a hypocrite? Again, not a chance.
So just who is this hypocrite? Yes it is you and me. But what do we really mean by that?
Appropriate of nothing, I just like the song.
What is the hypocritical part
Don't tell me show me.
There are two different programs where the maxim of walking the talking are paramount. Recovery addicts of something and Christians. We are to teach, preach and lecture through our actions far and above our words. What one says is so important. But what one does trumps that all to hell and back. Live a good life so that others can see it in you and get inspired and aspire. Not to mention it makes people want to be around you and if you got the good stuff it will rub off.
There is a good son of about 30 we shall call Brooks. He is a fine man and lives by the words he preaches. OK he preaches with a mike in front of hundreds while performing rock and roll. During his performances and around them he acts the act of a rock and roller. Dare I say he is good at it. A care free devil may care attitude. And lyrics that would make any father cringe. He writes his own music. And by golly during his time in that space he lives that life.
He is also a very good model. Probably if you cruise a mall you have seen him yet not seen him modeling for promotion using his Adonis body and face. Those marquees for fancy smancy big name shops use him.
Here is the kicker: He is really a very gentle, kind and caring soul. His poetry and art reflect a man of great self reflection and a good heart. Which one of these Brooks' is a hypocrite? If you just met him you would say he is shy and unassuming. But if you met him working it would be totally different. Strange we humans are.
I wonder why each generation decries the hypocrisy of the previous so vehemently
The Diamondback Rattlesnake is no hypocrite. When it rattles it means business.
Why does the Bible reflect such disgust on hypocrites?
When Jesus really did not like how a group or person was acting he called them hypocrites. The guys who arranged for His murder were really obnoxious hypocrites. Mathew 23 is where you find the whole shebang sermonizing on the subject and it makes us take another look at the boss who does not carry his load. Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them".
I hope it helps us take another look at ourselves.
Should I call out the hypocrite and rebel them and mock them?
Well let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Probably it is not your calling to lamb baste the hypocrite, lest you become one. But we do not say this of ourselves. Call out your hypocritical nature. Confront it and know it like your best enemy. Keep friends close and enemies closer yet. Explore your hypocrisy. Do not celebrate it but raise it up so you can get a full 360 degree view of that shiny bastard. Above all own your hypocrisy. Say to yourself "it is mine". Empower yourself with it. Awareness is most often our best primal and final defense against "sin".
Then today, just for today, go out and walk your talk. Take baby steps. Say little so following what you say is easier on you as you begin your journey. Build up to the grandiose.
Then just let it fly baby! Say something like that you should never yell at a spouse. And for today do not do it. Say something like "You should treat all people with respect and tenderness" and then just for today do it. Tomorrow if you still feel like acting the fool then do it but always put off doing bad until another day.
I should stop being a hypocrite and start publishing shorter "sermons" I can't stand sermons that just keep going on and on.
If ain't nobody done told you yet today that you are loved. Let me be the first. I promise you that you are loved.