I’ve never met a person who willingly nor joyfully self-identified as a hypocrite. Indeed, hypocrite is a label we give other people, as we are grateful to not be “that kind of person.”
But I can’t help but feel, sometimes, that I am an accidental hypocrite. I see this in myself when I:
judge someone for being intolerant
am disdainful of someone who seems insincere
allow myself to be critical but reject constructive input
There are lots of ways that we can be a hypocrite, whether purposeful or accidental. And I would propose that an effective antidote for hypocrisy is humility. While hypocrisy can flourish in the comparison fertilizer, humility is the truth serum that helps us appreciate that we are each struggling in unique ways and it’s better to encourage than compare. Just a little food for thought for your wonderful weekend 🙂
I recently received an advertising email from a national pizza franchise encouraging me to buy an XL pepperoni pizza & the picture was irresistible! So I placed my order & went to collect my XL pepperoni pizza only to be disappointed. It wasn’t XL & it looked just like the frozen pizza, I buy in bulk from Walmart. Nor was the taste anything spectacular. So I was disappointed because the marketing didn’t remotely match the experience.
This also happens with Jesus’ followers. It’s not uncommon for people to be disappointed with the experience when it doesn’t match the marketing. Sometimes we call this hypocrisy and it can often happen when we look at the advertising more than the real thing. When we look at fellow believers or even “super-star” Christians, we’re setting ourselves up to be disappointed. So the core lesson here is that we keep our eyes on Jesus more than any human because Jesus isn’t just a marketing ploy. Jesus is genuine love & slakes our thirsty souls with living water 🙂