Friday, July 29, 2016

How to Know When You Are Being a Hypocrite~ A Quick Little Quiz(zzz)

As I was unloading my groceries from the store that morning, a thought popped into my head.

"The creme de la creme of hypocrites is to not eat that, not say that, not do that, not read that."

I don't know why it came to my head that way on a Monday morning! ;) I don't know why it had anything to do with unloading groceries from Walmart. ;) ;) ;)

But I think it is something worth contemplating.


Why do hypocrites thrive off of saying, "This, not that" ?

Because then, we don't have to live by the Living Word of God.

Then, we don't have to live by the Spirit.

And then, finally, we don't have to love.

Jesus told us exactly what hypocrisy is in His Word.

Matthew 23:1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a]wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

I'm not trying to throw anyone under the bus here. But if there's someone I have problem with it is this blog on Patheos, called "The Friendly Atheist." Here's the problem in this article, "The Hypocrisy of 'Progressive Catholics' written by Lauren Nelson. The problem is that when we wrap ourselves in the "There is something wrong with the Church, therefore, I won't join in on that hypocrisy," as she explicitly says she believes when quoting here:
"By staying Catholic I feel liberals hypocritically give tacit approval to behaviour and attitudes they find offensive."
 In this philosophy, touted by Lauren Nelson, we are apparently less hypocritical if we don't try to abide by what the Church teaches.
I will be completely honest. I think Patheos should take articles like this down.  This does not fall into any credible belief system.

Is she an atheist?  Apparently so. She blogs under the title, "The Friendly Atheist" on Patheos. But what is her true Belief System?

What is her true "Religion"?   She has to have a belief system, and this system of beliefs is, ultimately, her religiosity, whether she knows it or not.

I think that anyone who puts themselves above the religion of Jesus Christ should stop and take a quick "Am I a Hypocrite" test.

Here are 7 {quick-style} questions:

1. Where do I find my righteousness? (is it in food? Is it eating or not eating a certain thing? Is it my looks, my organization, my peppiness?;)

2. Where is my heart? (Do I love money? Do I think I am above the love of money?)

3. Am I Happy? (Do I honk and pass people on the interstate? Do I have inner calm and peace, or inner anger and bitterness?)

4. What Am I Craving? (Am I lonely? Do I crave friendship? Do I crave beauty? To what lengths will I go to get what I crave?)

5. Do I Have True Friends? (Can I be vulnerable with others? Am I above others, or alongside them? Do I compete with these people or love these people?)

6. What does Jesus say about all of this? ;)

7. What can we do?  There is nothing we can do (in the face of the violence in our country, the sad politics of our nation, the horrible bullies on TV who boast of wealth and beauty, but do nothing). There is nothing we can do....

...until there is something we can do.

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

I can't tie this post up in a pretty little bow... But I can respond to this statement: There is nothing we can do... by saying,

There is nothing we can do...

...until there is something we can do.

What does "doing something" look like in the face of this catastrophic mess our country is in? What does "doing something" look like in the face of radical Islam?

Serving God might look like:

~having another baby

~serving your neighbor by bringing him or her a hot meal

~volunteering at a mission or another organization;)

~giving a small tip to someone who is overworked and depressed

~giving away the shirt on your back, to the homeless, to the one in need

~loving the children you have with your whole heart; being present; being faithful.

Serve your neighbor, love your neighbor. This is the best test for avoiding Hypocrisy Stew. Reach out, reach down (if your pockets are deep), and reach in, to find out where God is calling you to use your true gifts, your true talents (if they are not). He has given you these talents, and he longs to bless you and your talents if you will only let him! Do not stay in the stagnant pool of rationalism, which cries to make Reason the goddess of his or her time, talents, money, and ultimately, his or her heart.

Are you happy serving God? If not, then you're (being) a hypocrite.
Joining up with Kelly at 7QT and yesterday, I posted my Monthly Recap

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