Monday, February 16, 2015

The Hypocrisy Factor - The Excuse for Apothy

I have been a Christ follower for quite some time. Through the early stages of my life there was a desire to be a Minister. I worked hard to get there, and I felt that I had something to offer because God had put something special inside me. It was where I belonged. As I continued other things happened in my life and I made mistakes - things I am not proud of. When that happened I stepped away from full time Ministry because it felt like the right thing to do. More than being considered a lapsed believer I thought it worse to be considered a hypocrite. I knew that whatever I did I didn't want to deal with consequences of representing him in that position.

I remember one time that a Preacher stated that people didn't come to church because there were hypocrites there. He said that was as silly as people not going to the Hospital because there were sick people. This is true in essence, but at the same time I really feel that the Church uses the same mindset to hide behind it's imperfection thinking that there is no harm for the fact that they remain where they are in certain areas. Even though they are so often quick to condemn those that aren't as good as they are in some areas.

I admire passion in someone regardless of what they believe or profess. I heard Glenn Beck say recently.

"Working with people is not bad - becoming what you fight against is. "
I meet a lot of people in the industries I am involved in and I hear a lot of ideas. I can appreciate where they come from regardless of whether I believe in their viewpoint or not. What frustrates me is people who hide behind a veil of Christianity but still think it's okay to behave the way they do. To be completely honest much of the reason I don't attend a Church service regularly isn't entirely laziness (I am sure that accounts for some of it.) I will also admit that my most recent experience with a Institutional Body of believers left me pretty burnt. A group I know I tithed to for at least two years. I attended a congregation that was recently credited with over 10000 members. However, it seems when the lady who was my wife at the time walked out on me (Granted it was time for us to split) not one member of that giant congregation in Ozark, Missouri cared enough to call or check on me once. I did get letters from them talking about things I could give money to, but never was I contacted. I am thankful for my kids that there was support for them. I was married to a woman that would talk about God and then find ways to keep my kids from interacting with their half brothers. Actually, to this day she still does. However, now they also aren't really able to interact with their Dad either. So much they just don't know and never seemed to care about. This is simply my experience of late.

English: Icon of Jesus ChristI realize that not all Churches are like this, and not all Christians are the same. However, there is a large group of people that deal with this aspect of things in Churches everyday that contribute to the reasons why songs like "Take Me to Church" by Hozier are written. Christians don't want their kids listening to songs like that and I am sure it's because often kids might call parents on their actions. However they will often tell their kids that they are protecting them from filling their heads with corruption. Music like this is probably not a product of one's imagination; their is usually a reason behind the message. If you don't know what corruption looks like how is it you can fight against it? I appreciate the passion in the lyrics of the song I posted, and it made me think. I like that.

The majority of Christians aren't doing anything intentionally to hurt the name of God. However little things happen that deteriorate that name on a regular basis. Are you blatantly out beating up people because they are different than you? Maybe not, but are you occasionally overheard at Starbucks taking jabs at people who may not be their to defend themselves. Often this conversation ends with God Bless 'em or let's pray for them. This isn't helping the name of the Church and you are leaning on the fact that you are imperfect to justify continuation of such a behavior. I wait tables all the time, and it's amazing what a guy with pretty decent hearing will hear in a restaurant.

Vasily Perov's painting illustrates clandestin...
Jesus was pretty clear in how important treating other people is. Luke 11 talks pretty clearly about social responsibility as opposed to just doing what is expected monetarily What you speak to others is a much more supportive message of where the condition of your heart is toward people.

I am not here to condemn anyone but it seems that people would view the Church differently if people would change the way they represent Christ. Maybe opening your mind up to something a little different might give you a different world view. Be careful of what you endorse as a Christ follower because people are always watching.

I would love feedback. please use the comment section or shoot me an email. I appreciate ideas and I would love to know if any of this is something other than an item to take up space on the Web.

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