“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘let me take the speck out of your eye’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite!, first take the plank out of your own eye and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”Matthew 7:3-5
When I chose to write this post I couldn’t think of a good title (yes, I come up with the title before I start the post, LOL) and the song “I Can See Clearly Now” by Jimmy Cliff popped in my head. Originally the title was “Seeing More Clearly (which actually doesn’t sound right grammatically. It could be…but for some reason it just reads wrong.
Anyway. I digress.
It’s a word used all the time. According to Merriam Webster, a hypocrite is “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.” They may say one thing but do another. For instance, claiming to love the Lord but live a secular lifestyle.
They don’t “practice what they preach.”
I’ve been guilty of hypocrisy at one time or another as I’m sure we all have.
The Origin of the Word ‘Hypocrite’
“The word hypocrite ultimately came into English from the Greek word hypokrites, which means “an actor” or “a stage player.The Greek word took on an extended meaning to refer to any person who was wearing a figurative mask and pretending to be someone or something they were not. This sense was taken into medieval French and then into English, where it showed up with its earlier spelling, ypocrite, in 13th-century religious texts to refer to someone who pretends to be morally good or pious in order to deceive others. (Hypocrite gained its initial h- by the 16th century.)“Hypocrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypocrite. Accessed 17 Aug. 2021.
A lot of unbelievers claim that the church is full of hypocrites. And they’re not wrong. The church does in fact have a lot of hypocrites. But guess what? That’s the perfect place to be!. In church, learning and coming to realize that maybe their lives aren’t reflecting what they say they believe!
Some verses on hypocrisy:
Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 1 Peter 2:16
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “ ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.