A recent commenter did all she could to avoid the topic of a post and railed at length about the hypocrisy of Christians.
Critics have a point when they demonstrate where some Christians are hypocritical. After all, Jesus taught to judge but not to judge hypocritically.
But unless the critics are just pointing out the hypocrisy of some Christians as mere trivia, then the critics become judges and hypocrites themselves.
Think about it: If they reject the Bible, then what is their grounding for claiming that judging and hypocrisy are wrong?
Even if they could provide a grounding outside the Bible that judging is wrong (they can’t, of course, but that’s a different problem for them), then they are guilty of judging Christians for judging.
And of course, if they judge others for the (ungrounded) universal sin of judging, then they are hypocrites.
They judge people for hypocrisy when they are hypocrites as well, so they are double hypocrites.
Do they see the irony? Do they realize their own hypocrisy? In my experience they don’t. They are too busy avoiding the central issues of the debate and they use the hypocrisy charge to position themselves as morally superior to Christians.
A friend used to complain a lot about hypocrites in the church. I conceded that it is often the case, but I finally asked if he was wounded by some hypocrites at some point. He smiled and said no. I realized in an instant that he didn’t really care about hypocrisy. He just used that as an excuse to feel superior to those awful, hypocritical Christians and to avoid God.
These folks might want to reconsider the definition of hypocrisy as well.
a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
The commenter in question insisted that to judge homosexual behavior as sinful was hypocritical if they didn’t give equal time to all other sins. But that doesn’t meet the definition. If one engages in homosexual behavior while speaking out against it then that would be hypocrisy.
Should Christians avoid hypocrisy? Absolutely. But we should point out when people try to silence us with silly logic.