How to Address Christian Hypocrisy
by Kenneth Samples
Hypocrisy among Christians is a serious issue. At minimum, it’s a huge turnoff for believers and unbelievers alike. In situations where people are actually victimized by it, hypocrisy can comprise a justifiable reason to rethink or reject the truth of Christianity. In either case, hypocrisy among those who claim to follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord is always regrettable.
The word “hypocrite” comes from the Greek hypokritḗs which means “an actor.” In other words, the root of the word describes a person who plays a “stage role.” It is a person pretending to be something they’re not. From this definition, when it comes to the Christian faith, I see hypocrisy as taking two fundamentally different forms. Both are different in nature and in effect…