There is a lot of good in what we do as Christians. We help communities around the world and we share the love of Jesus in places that see very little love. We give people help when they need it, we comfort those who are hurting, and we give advice to those who feel lost. None of that matters, because extremism is louder and impacting more people now than those of us helping. Christians are hypocrites because the ones interested in helping are no longer at the forefront of our message and actions.
When I started the blog site before this one, called Christian Integrity, I thought Christianity had become corrupted by politics. One year later, I realize that politics is a breeding ground for fake Christians. Politics give a voice to the extreme, the people who appear on television in Christ’s name and ruthlessly attack other people. Politics is now full of Christians who spread hate, intolerance, harshness, fear, anger, and condemnation.
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Christianity has become emotionally-driven. We are starting to rely on theatrics and shock material to make our points. Shock material like the images that show when you google abortion and murder.
Perhaps you’ve already seen the images, maybe you even condone the creation and spread of them. If so, you are helping to punish those who have had one. You are also pushing those we need to reach away from God. According to a pew research survey, the top three groups that approve of legal abortion are Unitarians, Atheists, and Agnostics. These are the main people we are trying to save. These people see what we are doing with these anti-abortion shock images and videos as cruel.
Then there are stories where Christians put the lives of the mother in danger. Again, how do the mothers feel in these cases? How do their family and friends feel about Christians after this? What do they think about us when they see other Christians posting these shock materials all over the internet and social media?
We are not spreading hope with these extreme views. We are punishing those we believe are wicked, but I say that posting graphic images to sicken, shock, and hurt others is also wicked. I hope God doesn’t treat those of us who do it as harshly as they treat others.
These aren’t the only situations where we are spreading extreme positions and making ourselves hypocrites in the eyes of unbelievers. We also are treating homosexuals like they are less than human, we are becoming anti-immigrant, and we are becoming more tolerant of lies and deceit than we are of other humans.
We explain our hypocrisy by claiming there are degrees of severity of each sin, often placing the sins of our faith in less severe categories. We place ourselves above others, lacking the humility and understanding that we are no better. How can we be so aggressive and egotistical when we commit such awful acts.
Unbelievers see us as no different than them. That is a problem for us, because we were supposed to be examples of the light of Christ. According to a pew research survey in 2015, Christianity was the only religious group to drop, and did so by 8%. The unaffiliated percentage increased by almost 7%. This pretty closely correlates to the loss of Christians, suggesting that something is driving Christians away from their faith.
Christians are hypocrites, but that doesn’t mean we have to continue to be that way. We must find a way to bring people back and rebuild the trust that the loudest among us have broken. We have to speak out against harshness, insensitivity, and intolerance. It’s important that we encourage each other to speak to everyone from a place of love.
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Romans 2: 1-16
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. 2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? 4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”[a] 7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. 14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.) 16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.
Of all thoughts to cross the minds of those we come in contact with, Christians are hypocrites should not be one of them. Christianity must find a way to change Christians are hypocrites to Christians are compassionate and honest. I don’t like saying that Christians are hypocrites, so I hope that we can all quickly change the reputation some have built on our behalf.