A frequent accusation "the World" hurls at Christians is that we are all a bunch of hypocrites. Exactly where do we get that word "hypocrite"? The word "hypocrite" comes from the Greek word, "hypokrites" which means "actor". A hypocrite is an actor, a pretender, someone who projects an image of being someone or something they are not. Is the accusation that Christians are hypocrites valid? Unfortunately it often is.
We walk about sanctimoniously, looking down on others for not living up to our man-made expectations. We usually are unable to live up to them for an extended period of time either but ... that is beside the point, right? We conveniently overlook that little detail. It does have an unpleasant habit of creeping out at the most inopportune moments but with practice, we can become quite adept at capturing our failures and tucking them safely behind our mask.
Jesus didn't die for perfect people. He died for imperfect people who lack the ability to save themselves. What better testimony can we be to the world than allowing them to see the transforming work that God has done and continues to do in our lives every day? What He does in our lives, He can do in theirs.
[quote]What better testimony can we be to the world than allowing them to see the transforming work that God has done and continues to do in our lives every day?[/quote]
This is so easy to understand and so much more difficult to do..sigh
Praise God for his compassionate and loving nature!
[i]gracie turns so someone call pull the knife out[/i]
Yup, sad but true. Or maybe even worse, we think -- I mean Christians think, "Oh, I'd never do that!" or "I may have just lied to the pastor about why I wasn't in church last week, but at least I never committed [i]adultery[/i]!"
Their sin is always more and worse than ours, isn't it?
How quickly we forget that we're saved only by grace . . .Gracie