1 : a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
2 : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
The buzz is buzzing about the Rev. Ted Haggard, now ex pastor of New Life Church, story that he is accused of having gay sex with Mike Jones. Jones jerked Haggard out of the alleged closet because his opposition to a gay marriage referendum on the Colorado ballot next Tuesday. The buzz is, “How can such a prominent evangelical Christian be such a hypocrite.”
Those who know me are probably saying to themselves, “Mike is about to launch into a defense of Christians, claiming that they’re not hypocrites. His title was a bit of sarcasm…after all, he’s a sarcastic sort of guy.”
But no, I say, “All Christians really are hypocrites.” If you define Christian as one who claims to follow Jesus Christ, emulate His perfect life, and abide by His teachings, then all Christians are hypocrites especially by definition two above. The Bible says, “..all have sinned.” That includes Christians, thus, making them hypocrites.
What separates me (and all of my Christians friends) from Ted Haggard is that our sins have not been featured in the national media. Not that our sins are any less repulsive or hypocritical, they are just not as public. Does God love Ted Haggard any less because he’s fallen so far in the public eye? Does God love us any more because we haven’t been publicly humiliated? ABSOLUTELY NOT. God loves us all more than our mere human minds can fathom.
Traditional Evangelicals claim the Bible does not distinguish among sins. All are equally bad in the eyes of God; He judges them all. But I think that God makes no distinction among sins because he loves all of us so deeply. Sin hurts people. My sin hurts me and it hurts other people. God loves people so much that He doesn’t want to see us hurting in misery. He wants us to be joyful, enjoying the dance of life with Him. God knows we’re all hypocrites. He loves us anyway.
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