by Pastor Mark Jordan
“How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs. They look beautiful on the outside. But inside they are full of dead bones and all kinds of filth. In the same way you look righteous to people. But inside you are full of pretense and rebellion.” (Matthew 23:27-28, CEB)
Are you unlearning the things Jesus wants you to undo so you can get back to an authentic sense of WWJD? I sure hope so! We have looked at spiritual apathy and hollow worship so far this week. Today it’s time to tackle one of the greatest threats to our Christian witness: hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy is thrown around a lot in this day and age. If you deviate even the slightest amount from previous words or deeds, you can get skewered as a hypocrite. I think it is important to look back at the origin of that word to get at the heart of Jesus’ teaching.
Hypocrisy is actually a Greek acting term where an actor took creative license with the role he was playing. Hypocrisy, therefore, is akin to wearing a mask that disguises your face and distorts your words.
Jesus went after the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. He was repulsed by how careful they were to looking and acting the part without truly being the part.
What would Jesus say if He looked at you today? Do your insides and outsides match? You can’t fool the Lord, so live with integrity, peel away the mask, and get real!
Prayer: Dear Lord, forgive me for the times I don a mask and take creative license with the way you want me to live. Forgive me more for the ways I live that turn people away from the truth that is your love and grace. I want to live a life of integrity in my faith and actions, and seek your help. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.