Saturday, January 27, 2007

All Christians Are Hypocrites, therefore I'd never become a Christian

I would never become a Christian because they’re all hypocrites.

People who say that all we Christians are hypocrites couldn’t be more correct. Every man woman and child who is a Christian is a hypocrite. On the other hand so is everyone else in the whole wide world. There are literally billions of hypocrites walking and talking on planet earth. Do you get my point? All people on earth are hypocrites and bigots and liars and adulterers and gossips and sexually immoral. Every person on earth is selfish and self-centred and greedy and all of us at one time or another wants what doesn’t belong to us.

The only thing about our desperately wicked hearts that’s debatable is the degree to which we indulge in our particular vices. That my friends is why Jesus came to earth in the first place. To save us from ourselves. "For all have sinned and fall short of God’s glorious expectations" Romans 3:23. The thing is, what irritates us about others are the very things that are present in our own personalities. Hypocrites, and you and I meet a lot of them because they aren’t just in church, are like a mirror to us.

"You therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgement do the same things. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath when His righteous judgment will be revealed. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger from God. Romans 2:1-5,7.
"So then each of us will give an account of himself to God." Romans 14:12.

What the Bible is saying is that those who focus on the hypocrisy of Christians would be a lot better off just focusing on getting the hypocritical log out of their own eyes. You see, we as Christians are already working on ours. That’s why we became Christians in the first place; because we became aware of how desperately wicked we are. As C. S. Lewis said, "No one knows how bad he is until he tries really hard to be good. A thoroughly bad man thinks he is OK."

No body is so good that they don’t need forgiveness from God. No body is so bad that they cannot receive forgiveness from God upon repentance.

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