I’ve seen a couple of words used today that always leave the air hanging a little heavier once they are spoken…judgmental and hypocritical. They are bothersome because they are generally used to launch hate balls at Christians. They are bothersome because they are far too often true. They are bothersome because I have been guilty of both at times in my life. They are MOST bothersome because of the way those who don’t know Jesus reject everything to do with Him because of them.
As I was thinking about the conversations and the words today I came across this passage…
In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops. – Luke 12:1-3
I found it very interesting that as soon as He mentions hypocrisy he mentions things done and said in secret. He mentions things that people try to hide. He warns that these things will always be found out and it will cause problems. He knew this would happen. He must have known it was human nature. He also must have known what it would cost the Kingdom of Light to have this ugliness in its midst. He knew what it would do to people He loved that He was about to die to save.
I’ve seen judgmental and hypocritical mindsets both in and out of the church. I’ve seen what it can do to relationships. I’ve seen what it can do to organizations and churches. I’ve seen what it does to the judge and the judged. None of it is good. None of it is productive. And it is true…what is said and done in secret always has a way of rising to the surface sooner or later. Deeds done and words spoken cannot be taken back.
I’ve often warned my girls not to get tangled up in the gossip game with their friends because sooner or later gossip is just too juicy to keep to ones self. Sooner or later that trusted ally becomes your worst enemy and all those shared secrets come busting out of their mouth. Sooner or later someone somewhere is going to decide it benefits their cause to divulge your secret.
It really is true that if you can’t say it to someone’s face, you really better keep it to yourself. If you wouldn’t look someone in the eyes and tell them how you feel about them, then please, oh please don’t call or text or email someone else and spill your guts.
And if you claim to follow Christ…well…you are being watched…you have an enemy that is looking for a weakness to destroy you and your ability to bring anyone into the Kingdom with you. I hope that is a sobering thought. It is for me!
If you don’t know Jesus but have been hurt by those who follow Him because of a judgmental and hypocritical spirit, I am sorry. Please give Him another chance because His kids aren’t perfect and too many times we don’t reflect Him as well as we should. But I promise you HE will never disappoint you!