I don’t know if you’ve ever come across the objection “I don’t like church – Christians are hypocrites”.
I often come across that statement when chatting with people.
Most of the time, I couldn’t agree with them more.
We might not intend to be hypocritical. However, so much of what we “believe” and the way we then act highlights we may not believe what we are saying after all.
We don’t “practice what we preach” as the old saying goes.
There are countless things that fall into this category but I thought I’d pick out 10 common ones to get you thinking.
Before I get started let me say – I think I’m probably guilty of being party to everyone of these contradictions on one level or another. To tell the truth, I probably still to this day have some of this stuff clinging to me!
For every 10 things I can think of that look hypocritical I’m sure I have 100. This post isn’t meant to be an attack on specific Christians but more a challenge to us all – are we as a Church practicing what we preach?
|What We Say||How We Live|
|God loves unconditionally||Offer His love with a set of conditions|
|Jesus came not to judge but to save the world||Tell everyone bad things are God’s judgement for them sinning|
|God is the creator of the world and loved the world He created||We couldn’t care less what happens to the planet – “it’s just going to burn up anyway”|
|Love the sinner, hate the sin||Love to tell the sinner God hates their sin|
|God so loved the world that He sent His only Son||We so hate the world that we judge and protest their actions|
|We will be known for our love||We are mostly known for our unloving behavior towards people we don’t agree with|
|Love your neighbour as you love yourself||We love our neighbours to the degree they believe like ourselves|
|God chooses to not remember your sins||Spend our whole time pointing out sins|
|All sin is equal we all need grace||We run around condemning people for certain sins (usually the ones we don’t struggle with), all the while allowing countless sins in our lives to go unchecked|
|We are a priesthood of believers, temples of the holy God||We need a temple and a priest to hear from God|
So there are my 10 – I’m sure there are hundreds. But hopefully these start a discussion.
Perhaps you’ve been guilty of some hypocritical actions yourself. Or maybe you are an outsider looking into the church and see the hypocrisy.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below – What do you think are some of the hypocritical things that turn people off Christianity?