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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

The Face of Hypocrisy

Growing up I always heard of the hypocrisy of Christians. The premise being those who attended churches on Sunday lived completely different lives the rest of the week. Unfortunately, this statement was not without validity as my own life could attest.

Although, I do not believe I was judging others for what they were doing. I know I was not always living in a way that lined up with what I professed to believe.

That is the very definition of hypocrisy and sadly I own that.

It is evident “the face of hypocrisy” is clearly not limited to the Church. It can be seen all around us.

Things like our government mandating what is deemed essential versus what is not is where this can be easily seen. Bars can open, but gyms cannot. Churches cannot gather in large numbers while protests are being encouraged to gather in some of our largest cities. The deaths of unborn children are protected while the elective surgeries and chemotherapies which can save or prolong the life of the living are being discouraged, if not denied.

“The face of hypocrisy” knows no bounds as small businesses are shuttered while the largest ones are not only allowed to remain open, they are profiting and experiencing considerable growth at the same time.

We have been told mask and social distancing stop the spread of corona-virus yet, we cannot gather when we are wearing both a mask and practicing social distancing. Schools remain closed while the likelihood of children becoming sick has been proven to be remote at best.

The question is, how long will this continue before people acknowledge the hypocrisy raging all around them?

What should concern us all is the obedient way in which the populace accepts and conforms to every requirement. The willingness to submit to whatever is being demanded without question or serious debate is perhaps the most hypocritical part of all.

As I said in the beginning, I have been prone to hypocrisy in life. Despite that truth, I have learned striving to be consistent is the best way to counter that tendency.

Once again in life, I believe we are at a crossroads. We need to confront “the face of hypocrisy” and refuse to continue to submit to it without objection.

If not, “the face of hypocrisy” we see will be our own!

1 Thessalonians 5:21-22, “Test all things; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

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