In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. Luke 12:1-3
Hypocrisy, that gets leveled at Christians all the time. Jesus leveled the same charge at the Pharisees. Basically hypocrisy is saying one thing while doing something else, usually just the opposite of what was said. One thing I know is that hypocrisy is easily detected in someone else while most of us have a blind spot when it comes to seeing it in ourselves. We all like to think we walk the talk but too often we come up short. It seems Christians are just as human as the next person.
As much as we wish otherwise we all fall short of living the Christian life at one time or another. Think about the guy who cut you off in traffic, probably not a lot of Christian love went through your mind at the time. You probably honked your horn and maybe mumbled a few words you should not have. Possible you made a rude gesture? Or you are standing in the 15 items or less line at the store and in front of you is a person with half a shopping cart full. What goes through your mind, love or irritation?
When most people think of Christians they think not of Jesus but us. It is our actions that define Christianity to the world. When we act like the world the world sees no difference between us and them. We all need to strive to live our lives as God would want us to. But when we fall short we need to admit our short comings while letting others know that we are trying our best to emulate Jesus and it is He not us that they need to look towards. We will always fall short but Jesus never does. We need to show people Jesus in our words and our actions.
Have a blessed day,