It doesn’t take much for a Christian to tell you about God but then live a lifestyle that is contrary to the will of God. All it takes is for that Christian to be angry at God. Angry about what God is telling them to do. Angry about what the man or woman of God is telling them to do. Angry at God because they have not received their blessing. Angry at God because they think they have arrived and they no longer have to go through this trail or tribulation.
When much is given, much is required. Luke 12:48, and we throw it around lightly. It easily falls off of our lips. But much is required of us when we even quote that scripture, just like it is when we quote any other scripture. The New International Version tells us that “the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows”‘. Hypocrites know more, “and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”. Hypocrites want to be entrusted with much, but do not want do with what is asked, when you take into consideration, what they have been entrusted with. Hypocrisy goes both ways; they lie to God, they lie to man, and at the end of the day they are lying to themselves.
I like what Matthew 23:25 has to say about hypocrites. “You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence”. To me that is awesome; who do you know that wants to have a righteous appearance on the outside but is full of greed and self-indulgence within. At the same time, when you read “What sorrow awaits …” you know that the end to hypocrisy cannot be good. Yet we continue to contradict ourselves.
If we are not doing what we need to do out of love; love for Christ, love for the Church, love for other human beings, love for God, then our anger is going to cause other people to look at us, wait for us to do wrong and then accuse us of being hypocrites. Most times people are accused of being a hypocrite because they have offended someone. People rarely take issue with individuals that are truly living the Christian lifestyle and keep to themselves. They take issue with Christians that walked into the World, went among the World and preached a holy, clean, and righteous lifestyle and then were later found in the World doing what they told the World not to do.
At the end of the day, you can’t worry about how you are perceived, because that vanity is what will drive you to be a hypocrite in the first place. Stop cleaning the outside of the cup. What you can worry about is doing what you are instructed to do by God. Again, it is not the fact that we tell people the Good News. It is how we go about this, and if people can see God’s presence in us and if they are drawn to us because of God, not because of our talk.