by Kelliann Howard
2 a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
— hypocrite adjective
I’m kind of over this term being used to criticize people for their faith walk. I have made my share of mistakes and yet I try to learn from them; pick myself up, dust myself off and receive the forgiveness that is so often preached but seems to NOT be applied or even offered when a person blows it. No wonder people think that they have to be perfect before they can come to Church with all the "perfect" people that have it all together. It makes me want to barf, really.
The only difference between what ought to be the Church and the Un-Churched is whether they’ve committed to the faith or not. Once you’ve committed to the faith then the first thing that changes are your new relationship with the Creator of the Universe. That was such an exciting time for me! Learning, engaging and applying my new-found faith. I do my best to keep to that "first love" season in my life. The next thing that happens is how mindful we become of God’ character. Like anyone you have great respect for, you hope and pray that their character draws you to higher standard and creates a desire in you to step it up. Then, finally, the desire to know more, go deeper and mature in your faith. What seems to happen at this 3rd stage is we lose the point of our faith, "relationship" and can get a holier than thou attitude after God gets you through a few things. DANGER DANGER DANGER….this is a flaming hypocrite in the making…if we’re not careful.
If being a hypocrite is:
1: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2: a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
— hypocrite adjective
(I feel like this definition should include "intentionally puts on" ) just sayin…
If we were to be honest then we are all guilty of this at times. The goal is to allow the character of God to lead you to higher virtue, a higher moral base a higher standard of living. I don’t share my flaws with everyone. However I seek out people that help me become a better person and stay away from the finger pointers that don’t care about any part of what God’s doing in my life.
Over the last few years, I’ve been referred to as a hypocrite. I say to that, well, stay tuned, God’s not finished with me yet. 🙂
Read more from Kelliann Howard in From the Depths of Kell