Are You a Hypocrite?

For the past several days I’ve had this thought rolling around in my head and I finally decided to put it down.  The question is “Are you a hypocrite?”  You may be and not even know it.

Let me explain…

God has given us free will to choose as we will.  He desires for us to follow the example and the commands of His Son and Jesus told us in Matthew 7:21:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

If we say that we are Christians, followers of Christ, but we don’t make decisions that are in accordance with the Word that God and Christ have said, then we are hypocrites.  When we do that, we are pretenders because we are just pretending to follow Him when we really aren’t.

I said at the beginning that you may be a hypocrite and not even know it.  How is that possible?  I mean, wouldn’t you know if you are just pretending to follow Jesus but inside are making decisions contrary to His will?  The answer to that is…sometimes.

Sometimes, yes, we know we are pretending.  However, there are some decisions that a vast majority of people claiming to be Christians make on a regular basis in which they never stop to consider how the Word of God should play into that decision.

I’m talking about voting.

When I started writing this blog, I decided that I would write exclusively about the Bible.  I decided that I would rarely interject anything about politics, but I feel that I must do this right now.  The overarching question is this:

Are you casting your vote without considering how the Word of God plays into your decision of who to vote for?  If so, you are a hypocrite.

If you vote to support a person that opposes God, then you are voting for a person that supports Satan.  Be very careful!  Let’s take a look at a few things from God’s Word.  I’ll leave it to the reader to decide if their past votes have made them hypocrites.

Abortion

God knows us before we are born:

For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
(Psalm 139:13-15 ESV)

Paul says he we set apart before he was born.  How could an inert hunk of non-human flesh be set apart:

But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,  (Galatians 1:15 ESV)

Homosexuality

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.  (Romans 1:26-27 ESV)

Welfare

The Bible talks about those who can work but choose not to.  Keep in mind, this isn’t speaking about those who can’t fend for themselves…Christians should already be helping those who can’t help themselves.  The problem is, we have a lot of people who simply refuse to work in favor of letting everyone else provide for them.  This is what Paul is addressing here.

For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.  (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 ESV)

Marriage

The Bible supports only traditional marriage (as it has come to be called…when God invented it, He just called it marriage.)

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.  (Genesis 1:27 ESV)

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  (Genesis 2:24 ESV)

Prayer

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)

Morality in Office

When the wicked rise, people hide themselves,
but when they perish, the righteous increase.  (Proverbs 28:28 ESV)

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.  (Proverbs 29:2 ESV)

He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?  (Luke 6:39 ESV)

 

So, I ask once again, are you a hypocrite?  Do you vote the way you want to or do you vote according to God’s Word?  Please pray and consider carefully before you vote.

If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.  (2 John 1:10-11 ESV)

 

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3 thoughts on “Are You a Hypocrite?

  1. Good post. There are things in this world that Christians can’t align themselves with. If everyone on the ballot is on the wrong side of the sin/morality issues I’m not sure that leaves us with an option to vote for anyone under the kind of guidelines set in this post. I have heard pick the lesser of two evils. Does that really fly when evil is evil… not sure about lesser or greater if you’re aligning yourself with it by voting for it.

  2. I have an honest question. I am not trying to play devil’s advocate or start a fight. I’ve just been thinking a lot lately about how a Christian should think and vote and speak out regarding our government. This may end up being more than one question…

    In regards to being a “Christian” nation: What do we mean when we say that? Do we mean that the moral restraint that must accompany freedom is Bible based? And by whose interpretation of the Bible? I’ve heard Christians say that the government should not be involved in feeding the poor, i.e. welfare, because that is the job of the Church. Then how can it be the government’s job to “convict the world of sin” by enacting laws against sin? Isn’t that the Holy Spirit’s job? Then again, I know that all freedom must be balanced with moral restraint, otherwise we have anarchy. For me, the only basis for such moral restraint is the Bible. Anything else is imperfect. People would like to say that we can’t legislate against anything that doesn’t hurt someone else or infringe on their freedoms. But what does “hurt” mean? How do you define “person?” I base the answer to that question on the Bible, but can I expect someone who is not a Christian to do so? As a Christian, I can’t even judge someone in the world. Can I expect the government to do so? I’ve been “rassling” with these questions for weeks. I’m not any closer to an answer.

    • bmccord says:

      Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I can tell you what I think is meant by being a Christian nation. When I say that, I mean that our country was founded on basic Christian principles or basic Christian morality. Don’t murder, don’t steal, don’t assault people, don’t say bad things about people, etc. Now, I’m not saying that those same laws may not exist without the benefit of Christianity, they may have. But, consider that as Christianity diminishes in our country how many of these basic morality laws are being allowed to be stretched further and further. I don’t think that is mere coincidence.

      I don’t think government’s job is necessarily to enact laws against sin but, at least for the present time, most of the things we have laws against is what is considered sin under the Christian system. I don’t think that is a coincidence:

      Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:1-4 ESV)

      Throughout Scripture God used imperfect, earthly government to do His will, both for the good of His people and for the bad. America is special. We are special in the fact that we get to have a voice in how our government governs us. That is where we need to vote as to bring our government more and more in line with God’s Word. If we vote against Him, eventually we will have a government that is against Him in every way, and when they are against Him, we will find they are against us as well (well, we better find that to be the case…)

      As to judging someone who is in the world, if you are using “judge” in the sense of a final judgement, you are correct. We need to leave the judging to God. But, if by “judging” you mean determining whether a person is following God in the proper way or not, we absolutely are supposed to do that. If we aren’t allowed to determine if a person is saved or not, then we don’t know who to teach to. I wouldn’t be able to tell someone about God and Jesus for fear of violating a command not to judge but, in so doing, I would violate the command to teach those outside of the family of God. Furthermore, I wouldn’t be able to tell who I should stay away from as directed in 2 John 1:10. The thing I must always remember is that I need to use the same measuring stick on others that is being used on me. The Bible and only the Bible.

      Hope that helps.

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