Hypocrisy is the claim or pretense of holding beliefs, standards, behaviors, or virtues that one does not truly hold. In common usage, “hypocrisy” often refers to a failure to do that which one asks of others. Stated in another way, hypocrisy is the criticism of others upon their refusal to do things that you falsely claim to be doing yourself.
Give yourself permission to administer a Hypocrisy checkup. You could possibly become a better person instantly. This is a soul cleansing exercise intended for you to acknowledge personal short comings. Because, too often we see in others what we can’t or just won’t see in our selves.
Self- critiquing can be intimidating as well as confusing. It calls for extreme objectivity with in-depth scrutiny and your contradictory behavior will be revealed.
As Christians we accept or excuse our personal ‘improper behavior’ by claiming God’s grace. However, on the other hand, we require and expect the ‘proper behavior’ from others. When Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged,” He didn’t mean we should never make a judgment about right and wrong. He meant we shouldn’t do it hypocritically.
Now let’s get specific. In brief, biblically speaking, there are seven deadly sins: Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride. However, for This Perspective, I will point out the five that are most common, the easiest for us to commit- as we go about our everyday lives.
First up, Pride: looking with haughty eyes down on others that are perceived to have less. This is when we look at others as inferior in an arrogant way and see ourselves as superior to all others-make sure this is not you.
Next is Gluttony: You over eat and you are overweight; which you continue to ignore. But, you are quick to point out her drinking and his smoking- like stuffing yourself is healthier. Proverbs 23:2 proclaims, “Put a knife to your throat if you are given to glutton.”
# 3 Wrath: Your psychology weapon of choice. You have great anger that expresses itself in a desire to punish someone. But, when their reaction is to strike back by any means necessary -you feel and act as though you have done nothing wrong and that their actions toward you are not justified.
#4 Greed: You have an excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what you need or perhaps even deserve, but you have a problem when your neighbor, friends or family member acquire great possessions.
And, lastly we have Lust: That emotion or feeling of intense desire in the body. You say you have a lustful nature; lust for knowledge, the lust for sex or the lust for power. It can take any form. But when others, your partner, spouse or friend experience and express some form of lust- now lust becomes an issue.
So, if that which is written above causes you to pause, contemplate and say yeah, perhaps I am somewhat judgmental then that’s a good thing. However, if after reading This Perspective you are experiencing ambivalence and saying to yourself- this is not me at all. Well, that’s ok too. Jesus was not confused in His teaching (Matthew 7:1-3) and neither should you be about your hypocritical ways.
Continued Blessings and Prosperity,
Caesar / 12/02/15