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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Hypocrites

Updated on November 10, 2015

Are parents really hypocritical when they hold their child to a higher standard.

Several hundred feet high and yet in the Grand Canyon it does not even deserve a name.
Several hundred feet high and yet in the Grand Canyon it does not even deserve a name. | Source

"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

So I act all tough but really I am gentle and kind. Makes you wonder just which part of me is hypocritical.
So I act all tough but really I am gentle and kind. Makes you wonder just which part of me is hypocritical. | Source

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.

I almost broke this poor fellows back not watching where I was walking.
I almost broke this poor fellows back not watching where I was walking. | Source

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.

Too much

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.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm rooted in logic. At times it drives Bev nuts, my constantly saying "but that isn't logical." Hypocrites are not logical and thus I have a serious problem with them. They distort my logical reality.

      Walk the talk or don't waste my time. :)

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      One more interesting sermon. I am used to debating things. It might be hypocrisy, because holding onto one's own view without seeing other's point of view can be wrong in most cases. But, I do not like hypocrites and avoid being one.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hmm Bill, logic and hypocrisy are opposites? Never thought of it that way. If logical then consistent. Illogical is inconsistent. Consistency and hypocritical are opposites. Yep that works for me.

      Now to deal with emotions and feelings in a consistent manor.

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      Tim Mitchell 17 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article Eric!! I feel like stopping a moment to share with this sermon. Why most certainly I proclaim to being a hypocrite. I easily can offer justifications too, though may not offer excusing the behavior, but some were or are responsibilities.

      Alas, that may be blunder with hypocrisy giggle + giggle . . . I feel the article offers great pondering while I thank you for a moment of that as a blessing. I prefer discernment as I know I run sometimes. At question may be if to or from.

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      Linda Lum 17 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, before we point out others mistakes, we had best remove all misdeeds from our own lives. Good hub.

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      Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Its funny, we know the difference between right and wrong so it's easy to tell someone the "right" thing to do but hard to do. Even Apostle Paul says: "The thing I want to do is hard to carry out because of the evil that dwells in me" (romans 7:18) keep the sermons coming I look forward to them.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ventakachari, It seems the best we can do is try. Some may say they are never hypocritical -- makes me suspect them. But I have never met a man who tried not to be who was not good at heart.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Tim, it is a great one to think about. No concrete rules though. Sometimes I think we look the hypocrite when really are just carving out appropriate exceptions.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carb Diva, very fun you just said that. With some health issues, my elder son just spent 3 hours in my kitchen throwing out crap. He was definitely throwing stones in my eating direction. But he walks the walk, no hypocrisy there. So I can live by it and hopefully for a lot longer.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana,

      How right Paul was to share that with his friends. My son the other day gave me a great moment, he said: "look at me Dad I am trying". That is what we are talking about.

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      Brian Leekley 17 months ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      The teaching, as I recall it, is: as you judge, so shall you be judged. I think there is a passage in Acts about what foods it is ok to eat -- if you are a stickler about an orthodox diet, be sure you yourself are following it. Is my memory right?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 17 months ago from The Caribbean

      "Perseverance, not perfection" is the way I say it. Even so, we Bible thumpers have to let our audience know that we're preaching the ideal which is difficult for all of us. I love your attitude and your message here.

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      I think the word hypocrite is reserved for extreme ingrained contradiction. Many people can be mildly contradictory without being a hypocrite. Hypocrisy is a term reserved for unrepentant and consistent contradiction that does not change in the face of new information.

      It's a harsh word that should not be bandied around too easily.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Brian, yes Acts 15 discusses food in a restrictive sense. Seems if you sacrifice an animal to a false God it is not good to eat it. But your point is spot on. Strict Bible constructionists I believe have over 600 "laws" to follow before they dare cast a stone in my direction. hihihi. So there is a fun mix with the "new" testament if it replaces old or just adds. Religionists have it rough.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora it is a mix of conviction and moderation. Sure us Bible followers must be convicted and strong in our faith. But few are chosen to wield it as a sword of earthly condemnation. For a week once I made a mark for each small misstep. It was too large a number for me to complain about anyone else for awhile.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oztinato, I see your point. If only society used the word that way. I don't think we can unring the bell. Mathew 23 is very interesting. 13 and 15 really is name calling with a purpose. Sometimes we hold a word in such a way that we are prohibited from speaking plainly. Is there a gentle word for gentle hypocrisy? The problem with your view is that hypocrisy is just too common in society.

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      Ann Carr 17 months ago from SW England

      Great sermon, Eric. I like the idea of facing our own hypocrisy and I like the idea of trying to spend a whole day doing and saying what we 'should' do and say. I do try that and sometimes it works, sometimes not! But it's the trying that counts, is it not? Your enthusiasm is infectious, so thank you. Your turn of phrase matches it too - love it!

      Hope you are having a good week and that the weekend finds you even better. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Eric (not that I know much about it, being a Brit!).

      Ann :)

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      Eric

      yes there is a lot of real hypocrisy in society no doubt that needs to be criticized. Business and politics in particular. Religion expects a higher standard as well and those who don't show tolerance to other religions are open to hypocrisy.

      The lesser forms are called contradiction, contrariness, evasiveness even forgetfulness and thoughtlessness etc.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oztinato, there is that fine line that exists between being a rightful critic and being a hypocrite. May we all find it in peace.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann we have mixed blessings around here. Serious illness and yet life in it's full glory. So we just stand straight and give thanks on this day. I think you have it right -- if we try, then things will be cool.

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      Oztinato 17 months ago from Australia

      Eric

      in the NT we can see what little patience JC had for specifically religious hypocrites. He was very forthright in his words. Everyone else seems to be treated with much compassion and forgiveness. Perhaps it was a sign of those times.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oztinato Christ definitely put hypocrisy at the top of his list as wrongful conduct. It seems to me it is more about something that if not rallied against it is likely to creep into everyone's life. For sure a problem of those times.

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      Lawrence Hebb 17 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      St Francis of Assisi once said "Preach the gospel at all times, sometimes use words!"

      I thonk that says it all!

      Great sermon

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lawrence, as you say it says it all.

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