“Look at those hypocrites!” say the masters of hypocrisy. The real masters of hypocrisy are the ones painting everyone else as hypocrites.
Hypocrisy may be among the easiest charges any American can let fly at another, and get away with it, even when the charge is untrue. For many, hypocrisy has become the replacement red-letter for sin. It is deemed, in many circles, that actual sin is less sinful than the supposed “hypocrisy” of those who condemn sin, and yet still sin. If you look around you will see that this is true on many levels, and that quite frequently the person who calls someone else, or some other group hypocritical is frequently a fairly serious sinner of some sort, but who seeks to gain a higher, elitist, arrogant and condescending position over whomever he is calling hypocritical.
Regular church goers, for instance, are considered by some non-church goers to be hypocrites, because they go to church regularly, and yet their human imperfections remain visible to their accusers. “At least I don’t pretend to be a good Christian” say this level of the masters of hypocrisy. Another way of saying that same sentence is “I am not a good Christian, and the ones who go to church are not much better.” Who’s the real hypocrite here? Would it not be more honest to simply say “I am no Christian and I ignore Christian rules of conduct.?” But, you see, it sounds better, and it feels better, to lower others in the estimation of the world, and thus raise yourself in the estimation of the world.
At another level, among the newer Protestant “denominations” of Christianity are those that like to call themselves non-denominational. Some Christians even go so far as to loudly proclaim themselves to be ”non-church affiliated,” as if that were a good thing to be. What it actually means is that these “Christians” are not going to be bound by any rules established by any church, and therefore, they can make up their own moral code of conduct. Or, even worse, each “member” makes up his own personal morality. It’s very easy to live within the rules when you are the one who makes them up.
Let’s look at who Jesus referred to as hypocrites.
Hard words. Our Lord was a Jew, and He was a Pharisee, so why was He being so hard on His own chosen people? There were multiple socio-political, philosophical and theological divisions among Jews at that time; the two most significant antagonistic Parties being the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The main differences between them were that the Sadducees were wealthier, more elitist and literalist, and the Pharisees were more common, less literal and more Rabbinic. A major theological difference involved Pharisaic belief in life after death and the need for prayer for the dead, notions rejected by the Sadducees, who believed that this life was the only life there was.
The scribes and the Pharisees had made themselves into an elite class and gradually fell prey to the temptation of serving self-interest before serving God, and others. It’s all about worldly power. Remember the Two Great Commandments: Love of God, and love of neighbor. Love of self comes last, not first, and not even second. A common set of moral rules is what makes a peaceful community. The lack of a common set of moral rules is what makes distrust, disorder and the destruction of community. When each person becomes his own rule-maker, self-interest takes over.
To err is human; to sin is also human. But we are called to try to not sin. The only way to do that is to recognize a common definition of sin in the first place. Self-interest, or every-man-for-himself morality, is not the way to do that. Here’s another quote, taken from a lesser mere mortal, but still pertinent:
So a self-interested morality is a short-term, purely survival-mode guide for an individual. But man is a social animal, and if he wants a better long-term morality for something more than temporary survival, then he needs a non-self-centered set of rules of conduct, if he wants to ever get out of survival mode and prosper. And this is just discussing the worldly necessity for rules that originate outside of ourselves. There is still the immortal soul to consider.
What about God?
Look at history for the story of what happened whenever Western man abandoned God and His law, and what the consequences were. What is often most irksome to me is how many detractors of Christianity refer to how Christianity, or, Christian Society, committed the many atrocities of the 20th century. But the perpetrators were not Christians; they were Marxists, and atheists. They rejected Jesus Christ, and God, and religion in general. Mussolini. Hitler. Stalin. These were certainly among the greatest mass-murderers and brutal conquerors in all of history. They were no Christians, they were atheists; - they rejected Christianity and turned away from it. And we can still see the results.
Is it time for you to come back to church, or are you perfect? Maybe all those church-goers aren’t perfect, but then, maybe they go to church regularly in the effort to become more perfect. In becoming more perfect, maybe they help our culture to become more perfect. Where are you in all of this? How do you view the rest of us? And, most importantly –
… what about God?
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Date: Mon Jul 04 23:22:13 2011
From: Patrick Buchanon
How can you claim that Hitler was an atheist and keep a straight face? He made many, many speeches invoking God and indicating his Christian religion. You need to correct this article, and many others you have written.
Date: Tue Jul 05 06:51:02 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Oh yeah?That’s a load of horse patooties. Hitler, like all other Marxists, was a totally false man. He presented an image or a caricature of something other than himself to the public. As a Marxist, he was and had to be a MEJTML14 . All Marxists are inveterate liars.
Hitler’s public statements about religion were for the consumption of the legions of Useful Idiots he was recruiting to his cause, whom he held in near utter contempt. But he was a politician, and therefore he set about the political business of fooling the masses. Here are a few of his statements regarding the use of Marxist propaganda to that tend:
Now, as to Hitler’s views on religion in general and Judaism and Christianity in particular, his private quotations and political writings were considerably different from those intended for purely political public consummation. Take even a brief look at his propaganda from such tools as Hitler Speaks and the educational pamphlets for the Hitler Youth and you will see the real and demonic Hitler. For instance:
So don’t stand there with your bare face hanging out and try to tell me that Adolph Hitler was any kind of a Christian, or anything other than a typical atheist bloody barbarian. He opposed not only religion, but even knowledge.
Date: Thu Jul 07 01:05:18 2011
“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”
I believe Lenin and Marx himself said these things, though maybe not in those exact words. The idea was that the bigger and more incredible the lie might be the more likely it is that it will be believed, if it is stated loudly in public. Keep up the good work.
Yours in Christ,
Date: Thu Jul 07 06:21:55 2011
From: Vic Biorseth
Quite true; but it began even before them. Hegel used it, and Machiavelli may have been the first to dare to write it down and publish it, though not in so many words. It is the ancient notion of using falsehood to fool the people for an ulterior motive. Before Machiavelli, there was Munzer, Luther and many, many others, beginning with the father of all lies, Lucifer. Today, the whole notion is almost totally incorporated into all of the various forms of Marxism, none of which can even continue to exist without the support of the big public lie. What all big Marxist lies have in common is the thread that says “if you don’t believe this line, disaster will occur,” and they all lead to more government control and less citizen liberty.
Al Gore’s anthropomorphic global warming hoax is a Marxist lie.
Cap and Trade is a Marxist lie.
TARP was a Marxist lie.
Stimulus I and Stimulus II were Marxist lies.
Obamacare is a Marxist lie.
Human Population Problem is a Marxist lie.
The notion of limitations on “Our Precious Resources” is a Marxist lie.
Gross over-emphasis of human pollution is a Marxist lie.
The need to tax and borrow our way out of the current economic over-spending mess is a Marxist lie.
The ever-growing list of “endangered species” is a Marxist lie.
Virtually everything the main stream media says is some sort of a Marxist lie.
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