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Hypocrisy Versus Idealism

Jesus, in the beginning of Luke 12, warns His disciples against hypocrisy.  The Greek word for hypocrisy is a word that means a “play actor.”  It has to do with putting on a show for others to see.  It is an attempt to deceive others to make them think you are something that you are not.

Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. ​ – Luke 12:1b-3 (NIV)​

In the end, God will reveal everything that has been said or done, even things done in secret.  We will all stand before God in judgment.  All of our attempts to make others believe we are something that we really aren’t will be laid bare.  There is no hiding from God’s all-knowing eyes.  He sees the heart and judges it.  Our feeble efforts to hide who we really are will be exposed.  I think that the better thing to do is to be honest and genuine.  Quit putting on a show for others to see in order to try and get them to think more highly of you.  Repent of the sin of hypocrisy and be real and authentic with people.  Stop fooling others and yourself.  Be real.
Let me say one more thing about hypocrisy.  There is a difference between being a hypocrite and an idealist.  We are all idealists in one way or another.  There are things we do that we know we shouldn’t.  There are things we know we should do, but don’t do them.  We know the difference between right and wrong.  We know what the Bible says.  Yet we fall short and sin.  That is not hypocrisy.  That is the byproduct of a sinful nature.  Not practicing what you preach is not necessarily hypocrisy.  That is called being human.  When we try to make other people believe we are something other than what we really are, that’s hypocrisy.  We must continually strive for the ideal of living out an authentic Christian life.  When we fall short and fail, we rely on the grace of God to forgive us and give us yet another chance.  Be honest about your sinfulness.  Don’t try to cover it up.  Don’t be a hypocrite.

Luke 12:1-12 (NIV)

Warnings and Encouragements

12 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”

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