Over the past week, I have had two people tell me that their reason for not being involved in church is due to the rampant hypocrisy of church members. The truth is that the Christian church does have hypocritical members. Hypocrisy is not a new problem in the church. It has been a challenge from the beginning of time. As we look for ways to help those suffering from hypocrisy, we need to refer to scripture. The Bible clearly states that God condemns and judges hypocrites. In the Gospel of Matthew, the scripture is specific concerning God's stance on hypocrisy. The Apostle Matthew says, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness" (Gospel of Matthew 23:27, English Standard Version). Simply stated, hypocritical members' outside appearance portrays them as wonderful, obedient children of God. While inside, the sin of hypocrisy is eating away at their heart and soul.

Everyone probably knows at least one hypocrite that pretends to be a Christian. For example, I invite Ann to church J. Ann tells me that she would love to attend church J, but Bo and Ben attend there. I ask why that is a problem. Ann says she saw Bo and Ben get arrested for public intoxication a week ago. Ann also states that Bo and Ben had told her at a cafe two weeks before their arrests that they did not drink alcohol. Ann said Ben and Bo told her that drinking alcohol was against church J's teachings. They had scolded her and told her how awful of a person she was to be drinking a glass of wine with her dinner. These types of incidents happen all too often. Growing up, I was always told by my mother and maternal grandfather that I need to be honest in my words and actions such that my life matches the ethics and morals I profess. This is just a fancier way of saying practice what you preach and do not be a hypocrite. Till next week! Always 4 Him!

Rev. Tritthart is a graduate of Westminster College and Rawlings Divinity School. She is an ordained minister, a public speaker, and a ministerial services provider offering assistance to Miami and the surrounding areas. She owns Tritthart Special Event Services and can be reached at (918) 919-1500 or www.Facebook.com/tritthartses or www.tritthartspecialeventservices.com.