“Church is just full of a bunch of hypocrites. Why would I want to waste my time with people who pretend they’re better than me? I can go out to a bar on a Saturday night and see at least five people who go to church regularly. They’re trashed. How can they walk through the church doors on Sunday and pretend that they’re not doing anything wrong the rest of the week? I’m a Christian and still go out and have a good time. I get drunk, I smoke pot sometimes, and I have sex while I’m not married. The difference between them and myself is that I’m not gonna show up at church and disrespect God like that. I’m not gonna act like someone I’m not. I’m not going to go and pretend like I haven’t done anything wrong when I clearly know I have.”
*This is a very common viewpoint. I get it. It boils down to them wanting to respect God and not pretend to be someone they aren’t. Well, the damage has already been done. He already knows what you did. He knows your every move. You know what though? He still loves you. He just wants you to be close to him. It doesn’t matter if the person sitting next to you shot up heroin out in the parking lot of the church right before they came in. God knows. He loves them. He also might have them exactly where he wants them at that exact moment for a reason. Maybe some people in church don’t live the way they should. That comes down their personal struggle and relationship with God. He will deal with them. It’s not our place to judge them or think they don’t belong in church because of their actions. We are all the same. No one can or will be perfect. Just repent and try your best. Jesus = Perfection. End of Story.
“Your ‘church people’ are supposed to love and accept everyone, but they are constantly gossiping about other people. What kind of example is that? I don’t want to be around those kinds of people. You can’t trust them. So, I choose not to even go.”
*Word. I agree. I don’t like it at all. But, don’t give them the power to control your life by their negative actions. You let them win when you give them the upper hand. Win by example. Pretend you’re a Power Ranger with Positive Power. Radiate that ish so hard that their gossip and negativity suffocates. Be genuine though, not a smart A or it won’t count. Go, Go Power Rangers!
“I know a married couple in church. The husband is having an affair on his wife. They have kids. She has no clue. He is a Deacon. How can he be ‘that person’ and do that kind of thing to his wife?”
*Well, sometimes we don’t have those answers. Maybe he isn’t truly saved? Maybe he is going through a struggle and is far from God. Maybe he absolutely doesn’t care anymore. We can’t say. What we can know is that God will handle it in his own time. There is a bigger plan and picture. I’ve been through a lot of hurt and struggles in life, and at the time I didn’t understand why. Now looking back I can see the bigger picture, God’s plan. I wish I could see what he sees sometimes. It would make life so much easier. But easy doesn’t teach valuable life lessons.
The end to Church Hypocrisy is quite complicated. You can’t control other people’s thoughts and actions. You can only control yours. You can pray for them though, and you can change lives starting with yourself! Everyone belongs in Church! God made Christians to be Lights for a reason, to illuminate the darkness.
Get your Power Ranger on and Shine the Light!