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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)