Hypocrisy denotes a negative tone. A Hypocrite is someone that says one thing but acts differently. We've all come across a hypocrite. Maybe we've even been one too! I'm not here to call anyone out. I want to take a minute to put a different spin on the word Hypocrisy. In a post from Desiring God Marshall Segal defines Hypocrisy as:
"Hypocrisy, according to Jesus, disconnects knowledge of God from true love for God. Hypocrisy is not just about disobedience to the Bible — the Pharisees would have been thought of as clearly “obedient” — but about disillusionment with the God of the Bible."
In Mark 7:8 Jesus explains to the Pharisees (religious scholars) how their human traditions are disconnecting them from God's true love:
You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.
Pride, honor, prestige, feeling "owed" something, or recognition can defile us from experiencing true love for God. We become knowledgeable in the things of the Lord; thus people turn to us for answers in their spiritual walk with the Lord. We enjoy the recognition, honor, and begin feeling prideful in what we've done for these people, but this isn't what God wants. God wants us to give him the glory in all that we do, not ourselves.
Marshall Segal goes on to say - "You can know him and not know him. And that might be the most dangerous place in all the world - however comfortable, safe, and informed it might feel."
Book knowledge versus truly knowing Him. This is the danger zone. Again, it feels good to know His word, but do you truly understand God's calling in your life?
Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
If we put our worldly desires in front of God, we're nullifying His Word. I remind myself and the FPAM team that if what we're doing isn't God-ordained, God-directed, and God-honoring then what are we doing? Essentially if it's not any of the three, we're nullifying God's word for the sake of our pride, honor, and prestige.
Our challenge is this... hypocrisy carries a negative tone, but let's stop viewing it in this way and start seeing it as a disconnect from God. Stop disconnecting from God and start living, so it's God-ordained, God-directed and God-honoring. Let all that you do be God honoring and stop letting our worldly desires get in the way.
Thanks and God Bless!