I think it appropriate in this election season to study what our Bible has to say on the subject of hypocrisy. It is breathtaking to me when one candidate accuses the other of immorality, and that same candidates party has done everything – it’s actions, it’s legislation, it’s affiliations, it’s media, etc. to promote societal immorality. Sometimes it becomes too much for me to take without screaming (as the above suggests) at my television.
For the past month or so our Men’s Bible Study has been painstakingly, led like only Karl Darley can, going over a few verses (2 Cor. 6:11-18) which speak to the subject of separation. Many others exist as well. The OT is primarily about a people, the Israelites, that were to be peculiar and set apart from (Deut. 7:6) those surrounding them. When they didn’t live up to their high calling, they encountered all forms of calamity. Additionally, in the NT, Paul encourages believers to separate from the lost (Rom. 16:17, Gal. 1:8-9, 2 Tim. 3:1-5, Titus 3:10) and “expose” (Eph. 5:11) them.
What do you call the peoples of the world that desire to separate themselves from their own land? These people are called Americans. From it’s inception, the main attraction of America has been it’s liberty. It was the Athenian Greeks that linked the ideals of liberty to those of a democracy. At the heart of liberty is independence. No other country that I’m aware of celebrates Independence Day.
This recent American political push to gather people under the leadership of one (“I’m with her!”) is an invader to our fair land – that of a socialist at best or a communist at worst. I view these as the environmental equivalents of the foreign species of carp in our lakes and streams and dandelions in our lawns. The socialist and communist mindset is attributable to the feudal mindset of classical Europe and Asia where leadership forced their tribe to rigidly adhere to their leading through the employment of propaganda and a not so secret service. Read Orwell’s “1984” and Huxley’s “Brave New World” to learn more. It is my opinion that God gives special insight to some authors into events and situations that will take place perhaps hundreds of years after they die. That certainly was the case with many of the authors in our Bible. I’m confident that it is true with the authors of many of our great and classic books.
The OT prophets warn against hypocritical leadership (Isa. 29:11-16, 58:1-7, Ezek. 33:23-33) and Jesus’ most profound criticism was reserved for them (Matt. 6:1-8, 15:1-9, 23:1-36, Luke 13:14-17, 11:39-44) compared to the “garden variety” sinners such as ourselves. The reason for this is hypocrisy of any sort undermines a leaders ability to be taken seriously or govern effectively.
Heavenly Father, by your grace you have breathed life into us. By your grace we live. LORD, by your Spirit, give us the courage and conviction to live to glorify you in both what we say, believe, and do, without hypocrisy. I pray all these things for Jesus’ sake. Amen