— “A means of concealment that creates the effect of being part of the natural surroundings.” Someone recently wrote, “This is an age of camouflage. The world is full of pretense. From pink-tea politeness to imitation pearls and complexions, things are not what they seem. Almost everything is adulterated. We have adulterated food and clothes, synthetic tires and artificial flowers, to say nothing about teeth and hair. Butter is now so artistically made it would deceive a cow.”
This is another way to deal with hypocrisy. Hypocrisy comes from a Greek word, hupocrisis, It means, “The feigning of beliefs, feelings and virtues that one does not possess.” Jesus left no doubt as to the eternal destiny of those guilty of hypocrisy. The only instance of it in the Old Testament is in Isaiah 32:6 where it is translated practicing profaneness..
Jesus warned his disciples to beware of the “leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy” (Luke 12:1). This was at a time when throngs of people followed him. Luke says there were so many that they were trampling on each other (NIV). But for some reason, he gave the warning “first of all to his disciples.” With the exception of Judas, I always think of the disciples Jesus chose as pretty good people. If he felt they needed this warning about hypocrisy, I am sure we need it now.
Wasn’t it Shakespeare who wrote, “All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” We can all wish no hypocrisy exists among us. But, unfortunately, that is not true. To pretend to be a genuine child of God while living a life that is a discredit to our Lord, is hypocrisy and sin.
Once in a while, while talking to someone about becoming a member of Christ’s church, we hear, “There are too many hypocrites in that church.” I don’t know about the number of hypocrites, but I sure can’t deny it. One is tempted to say, “Well come on in, there’s room for one more” — but not actually say it.
It certainly behooves every member of the church to think about this. I don’t want to hinder anyone from coming to salvation. “May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the LORD Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel” (Psalm 69:6).
Back to Bulletin Fodder