There are Ten Commandments, my friends, and I’ve broken nearly all of them at one point or another. Sometimes repeatedly.
I had a real moment of truth in the not-so-distant past, while I was sitting with a small group of friends during fellowship at my church. My moment of truth had to do with the hypocrisy of claiming to be a Christian, yet consistently subscribing to the “do as I say, not as I do” way of living. Is this where you’re at these days? I know I am not alone.
I was raised Roman Catholic, converted to Nazarene in 2007, and ended up non-denominational in 2012 so, for the past thirty years of my life, I have called myself a “Christian” alongside the rest of the estimated 33% of world-wide peoples who claim to be Christians. I can’t help but wonder how many of those 33% of people struggle daily, as I do, with self-hypocrisy.
I’m one of those “Christians” who screams at the kids during the hour right before we leave the house on Sundays to go to our church. And then, when my kids and I arrive ten minutes late to service, put on my happy face and pretend like my ugly language and behavior had never happened. I drop the “f-bomb” on a regular basis, and I have coveted many things in my life. Sitting here, just meditating upon all this, I am reminded of a poem I ran across some time ago:
There are little eyes upon you and they’re watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager to do anything you do;
And a little boy who’s dreaming of the day he’ll be like you.
You’re the little fellow’s idol, you’re the wisest of the wise.
In his little mind about you no suspicions ever rise.
He believes in you devoutly, holds all you say and do;
He will say and do, in your way when he’s grown up just like you.
There’s a wide-eyed little fellow who believes you’re always right;
And his eyes are always opened, and he watches day and night.
You are setting an example every day in all you do;
For the little boy who’s waiting to grow up to be like you.
In short, it truly matters whether what I say and what I do are aligned because my kids are watching my every move. Not only am I being hypocritical, it’s also very selfish of me to do the things that I continue to do, because I want my true values and priorities to be clear to my kids every day. Friends, I can say all I want to about how important church and reading the Bible is, but if my actions display something else… that’s what my kids will take notice of. Reading the Bible regularly, praying continually, apologizing and showing true repentance, treating others with love, gentleness and respect, will all set an example and reinforce lessons my kids are learning by regularly attending youth group.
Someone I admire very much is Dr. Charles Stanley, whom you might have seen on television or heard on the radio. During one of his teachings, Dr. Stanley discusses how God wants to break our self-will by targeting the areas of our life that do not honor Him. Pride, ignorance, fear, worldly entanglements, unhealthy relationships, rebelliousness… these are ways that we resist brokenness, and I’ve been guilty in all these ways. What about you? If you are claiming to be a “Christian”, are you resisting brokenness? Do you ever feel hypocritical? I’m curious to see who else is going through this with me.
I “speak” in song lyrics; when I can’t find the words to express myself, I listen closely to a song and use that to reach sanity in any given situation. I’ve been told that if I was in “a mood,” all someone had to do was turn the radio dial to a beautiful song and everything would be rainbows and butterflies for me.
Friends, I’ve found a number of beautiful songs in Passion music. This song, in particular, proves I’m a sucker for a piano and a pretty voice. Let me tell you this: despite calling myself a Christian and living out unintentional hypocrisy for my entire life, I never really understood the depth of God’s love for me — until I heard this song for the first time. The lyrics spoke to my heart! As a mother who would do ANYTHING for her children, THIS was something I could wrap my head around. FINALLY, I could understand wreckless love! He is so, so good to me.
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