Monday, June 11, 2012

Top Ten Christian Hypocrisies

By: Matthew Chatterton

Christians commit hypocrisies all the time. Many Christians don't even know that they're being hypocritical and that is often due to not having read their own Bible.

Here is my top ten list of Christian hypocrisies.


10) Hallelujah!

Ever notice the outbursts of "hallelujah!", all the head nodding, and the "mhmm's" at your average church service? If you know what I'm talking about, turn to Matthew 6:7 (NIV) in your Bible or use the internet if you don't have one. There, you will read, "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."

After you do so, you will understand that the man who's shouted "hallelujah!" four times is either ignorant of the aforementioned verse or is a hypocrite.


9) Long hair

"Does not the very nature of things teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a disgrace to him," l Corinthians 11:14 NIV


Period.


8) Remarriage

"I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery." Matthew 19:9 NIV

There are plenty of divorced Christians and many of them remarry. In the case of the likes of Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, remarriage is treated like a sport.


7) Premarital sex

"Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion." 1 Corinthians 7:8-9 NIV

I expect to be in agreement with most Christians on this hypocrisy. Many Christians violate this rule but not too many of them will admit to it. Studies constantly find that, in America, a country with a population that is mostly Christian, most people have had sex before marriage. So many Christians violate this rule that even Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church has had a child out of wedlock.


6) Gay marriage

"If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads." Leviticus 20:13 NIV

The Bible says to kill homosexuals, not to keep them from getting married. The reason for the hypocrisy is simply that most Christians are more afraid of jail than they are of Hell.

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37 NIV

I know that some of you may be wondering why this isn't number 1. Simply put, call this a revitalizer for reading on.


5) Tattoos

"Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord." Leviticus 19:28 NIV

How often do you see a cross or crucifixion tattoo? They're very common in Mexico, whose population is largely Catholic.

The common excuse for this is "'Treat your body as a temple' doesn't apply to tattoos." This, however, has nothing to do with the above verse which actually uses the word "tattoos".

Furthermore, this also violates the second commandment.

"You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below." Exodus 20:4 NIV

Have you ever seen the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?


That'd be a pretty impressive tattoo, though.


4) The golden rule

"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 7:12 NIV

The golden rule is a part of the Bible that Christians actually tend to know about. I memorized the exact book, chapter, and verse of the golden rule when I was eight years old. I remember creating the mnemonic, "I was seven but I'm not 12 yet."

I understood what the golden rule meant and how to apply it; it's pretty straight-forward. Apparently, however, many Christians have a real problem with this one. You'd think they would follow it with ease since they actually know it and following it doesn't usually lead to prison time but, when Ron Paul proposes incorporating the golden rule in American foreign policy, the mostly Christian audience starts booing him without apology or brains. Hypocrites...


3) Praying in public

"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:5-6 NIV

Not only is praying in public a sin, it is held as a virtue

Do you remember when Rick Perry called for the prayer rally in Texas? Notice how he called for the rally conveniently right before he announce his candidacy for President of the United States?

Even Jesus was calling him an attention seeking hypocrite.


2) Judging

"Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." Luke 6:37 NIV

If a Christian were to see a man or woman with an all-black dress attire, black nail polish, and long spiky hair, what would they think? Would they think that person is a God-fearing Christian or would they likely see them as distraught and angry with a fondness for heavy metal? They would prejudge them. I can't blame them; I'd prejudge too, although in a far more flattering way.

Christians certainly judge. As a matter of fact, they rely on other Christians doing the same. They wear crosses around their necks, hoping that the other Christians will judge them as a good Christian. At some churches in the American black community, certain church-going women will compete to be the one wearing the biggest hat. They want to be judged and they want to be first place. This perfectly exemplifies the priorities of a hypocrite.


1) Calling atheists “fools”

"The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good." Psalms 14:1 NIV

This one is obvious; according to the Bible, atheists are fools. Christians take this as a licence to go around calling atheists "fools". Besides irony, there is hypocrisy here.

"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire." Matthew 5:22 NIV

Apparently, the Bible says that atheists are fools but it says not to call atheists 'fools'. When a Christian calls an atheist a fool, it is almost guaranteed to be a blatant insult and attempt at appearing superior. I don't think it's too difficult to be superior to a hypocrite.


Conclusion:

Referring to number two, Christians judge others on a constant basis; They do so while failing to meet their own standards. With the attack of the theocrats long underway, we are being pressured and forced to live by their rules and they don't even follow them. I submit hypocrisy to be an enemy of equality, a friend to morality.

I am an atheist and a humanist. I make an honest effort to meet my standards of freedom, equality, uniform prosperity, and peace. I am not a hypocrite and that isn't lip-service!

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