Archive | May, 2012

THE HEIGHT OF HYPOCRISY

11 May

And they call us hypocrites?

I am talking about those who cling to liberalism. I am talking about those who are not part of the Christian faith. I am talking about the two that “unfriended” me recently on Facebook (in the 21st century, I guess that’s the ultimate slam!) and many others who share their opinions.

I am going to explain myself one more time.

I am not a bigot. I am not a racist. And I certainly don’t consider myself spiritually superior to anyone.

The truth is this. I would be nothing without Jesus.  I am a flawed, complicated, deviant individual. Sometimes (actually more often than not) I give into my own selfishness, and pride. I have been known to be too self-focused and many times, my anger can get the best of me. Envy and covetousness are often a part of my lifestyle.  If my life were a standard for admittance into Heaven, I would fall far short.

But because of the grace of God, I will one day be admitted. Not because of anything I’ve done but because of a relationship I had with Jesus Christ.  Because of His sacrifice on the Cross.

So I cannot stand in judgment over others. That’s God’s job. Not mine.

However, there are black and white issues in the scripture.  These include, (but are not limited to) adultery, greed, murder… and homosexuality.

I do not have the right to say what is sin and what is not.  It is not my place. But God’s Word has already done that.  I will not give scripture references here. Feel free to email me.

So if someone comes at me with the Word of God and points out that my selfish behavior is wrong, they are not basing it on their judgment but on God’s. If someone comes to me and points out that I am behaving in a greedy fashion with my finances and they back it up with scripture, they are not giving their opinion but God’s edict.

And if I say that a homosexual lifestyle is not right according to scripture, it is not because I am some redneck, right-wing bigot. I am simply speaking the truth according to the Word of God.

So needless to say, I was not happy with President Obama’s recent decision to come out in support of gay marriage. I do not believe that it is right and I base that belief on the Holy Word of God.

And right away, I get accused of being a hypocritical, intolerant jerk. I get accused of looking down my nose at others. I get accused of being judgmental and hateful.

But you don’t know me.

Look at my Facebook page and you will find several people of the homosexual persuasion on my friends list.  There is one in law enforcement whom I hold in greatest respect. There is another who lives in Florida that is very much an entrepreneur.. and a friend. There is one whom I have known since I moved to Fort Worth and when I worked with troubled youth, she was one of the best I ever saw at diffusing a crisis.  If any of them needed help and it was something I could do, I would be there in a heartbeat.  And I think they know that.

And they also know that I disagree with their lifestyle.  But they don’t let it affect our relationship. I pray for them and I appreciate them.

But those that unfriended me did so because we disagreed on this issue. If I can’t see their point, then I’m wrong.  I am sterotyped. I am blackballed.

I am sorry but who is intolerant again? Who is judgmental?

Who exactly is being a hypocrite?

It is my heart’s desire to be like Jesus. I fall short more often than I succeed.

When the woman was taken in adultery and brought before Him by the Pharisees who wanted to stone her to death, He did not condemn her. He reminded the entire crowd that they were without sin and then He told her “go and sin no more”.

He didn’t say “well, hey, that’s your lifestyle!”

But He also didn’t call her a name and want to blackball her.

He loved her.

That’s all I’ve tried to do.  I have made it clear (more than once) that I stand in condemnation of nobody. I have acknowledged more than once that I am a sinner saved by grace.

And then I treat them with compassion. Like others have treated me when I have fallen short of what God wanted me to be.

I have been a hypocrite many times.

But, my liberal friends, who poured out so much hatefulness today…  so have you.

 

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