A Bunch Of Hypocrites?


Scripture Galatians 3

10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “Whoever does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Observation

We can not be good enough to earn justification before God.

Application

One of the major problems we face in the Church today is the ease in which we fall into judging not only the outside world, but also each other.  The biggest reason I hear from people who are outside of the Church for them not wanting to come to Church is not that they don’t believe in Jesus, but rather it is that they don’t want to be around a bunch of hypocrites. 

When we judge each other, or people outside of our faith, we indeed become hypocrites.  We are not able to keep all the laws which are found in the Old Testament any more than a sinner outside of the faith.  And the Bible tells us that if we keep the whole of the law but break only one point, we are then guilty of breaking them all.  That’s why Jesus said, if we judge someone else, we may be judged ourselves in the same way. 

It is not the job of the Church to judge the outside world and then lead them to God.  Our Job is to lead them to God, and let the Word, and Spirit of God do the judging and correcting.  God molds us into what He wants us to be over the course of our journey.  We can never fix someone else by pointing out their problems, that will only make them defensive and cause more distance and pain.  God ultimately does the healing – but we can either be supportive in helping a person come closer to the Lord – through love and understanding, or we can be detrimental to that persons relationship by being judgemental.

Prayer

Father,

Make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred let me sow love,

Where there is injury, pardon,

Where there is doubt, faith,

where there is despair, hope,

where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, Joy.

Amen –       (St. Francis)

Yieldedness

I give up my sense of accomplishment for observing a stricter morality than any other person.  All my righteousness is as filthy rags before many of God’s people, and more especially before the Lord.

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