Look up the word “hypocrite” in a dictionary or thesaurus. What other words did you come across that mean the same thing?
There has been easy money to be made for people who can fake it a bit and appear to be more than they actually are. Newspapers report now and then about an increasing number of men and women being paid to pretend to be somebody other than who they are. I remember a man who was discovered by TV reporters in Boston, MA, that appeared to be homeless. In actuality, he was man bringing in a six figure salary, but was bored and came up with the homeless ploy to raise money to help send his kids to college. He told the reporter that he made enough to pay for his daughter’s first year in college in six months of sitting, unshaven and smelly, and holding his hand out. It sounds like an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Some of these pretenders are paid to sit up as credible looking jurors to help aspiring lawyers practice their presentations. Some appear as customers in restaurants to assess waiters and bartenders. Some are even paid to sit at a desk and pretend to work on a computer, so it makes the office looks busy and full when management is interviewing potential hires.
On one hand, you have to respect someone for doing something out of the ordinary to make a few bucks. Begging to pay for college tuition when you have the means is minimally odd and even disingenuous.
If you asked most people in your network of influence, I bet you would find that all of them despise hypocrites in any fashion, shape, or size. Even King Jesus said there is no room or reward for pretending in the kingdom of God.
Read Matthew 6:1-18.
Jesus directed some of the sternest warnings you’d hear at people who put on a good outward show, but had very little spiritual substance inside. Jesus Himself had no trouble calling these sorts of people, “hypocrites.” He was apparently the only one in the New Testament records to use that word when he recognized the behavior. He was quick to discern that their words and their walk did not match, and that was a problem for King Jesus.
For example, in Matthew chapter six, Jesus says, “Do not be like the hypocrites…” In your giving (verses 1-4); In your praying (verses 5-8); In your fasting (verses 16-18).
The Lord approved of unseen actions that emanated from the heart more than good deeds done for the outward acknowledgement and commendation of others. Jesus said when your motive is to please God, “Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (verses 4,6,18).
If you are convinced that God “sees what is done in secret,” what do you think is the key for being a real, authentic Christian? How can you avoid the trap of doing things just for show?
Serve globally. I hope you would consider working for a “well done” from God, as opposed to trying to just gain the praise of others. Pray and work to align your words and deeds in a life that brings glory to the real Judge. God knows what is done for show. You do too, so knock it off.
Love is a verb,
©2016 by Mike Olejarz