Why are All Christians Hypocrites?
- 2016 8 Jul
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Well, everybody's a hypocrite. Christians would be the only ones that say we ... one of the only ones that say, "This is how we think we should live.", when the truth is, you're never going to measure up. We don't ever measure up to God's standards. We don't even measure up to our own standards, which we lower so that we measure up, and we don't even meet them. It's kind of ironic. But everybody's a hypocrite.
The good news for Christians is that they're forgiven. That doesn't mean continuing hypocrisy, that means admit your hypocrisy. You're free to admit your hypocrisy. You don't have to hide it anymore. The thing about being a hypocrite is ... Like I said, we never measure up, then we try to hide it. That's where the hypocrisy comes in. Right?
Christianity should be the thing that says, "Yes. You don't measure up. You're a hypocrite. Why else would there be a cross?" What's funny is, because of our pride, we try to hide that. "Oh, no, I'm not that bad." Just like Adam and Eve taking the fig leaves and trying to hide themselves. "I'm really not naked. I promise, God." And he's like, "What are you doing?" What's beautiful in the garden, is what he does; kills an animal, and makes clothing for them.
It's a beautiful picture of Christ. What does he do with us? The son dies so that we can be covered in his righteousness. Hypocrisy is trying to cover yourself with your own righteousness, and Jesus Christ is like, "You don't have to. Let me clothe you in my righteousness alone."
Why are there so many hypocrites? Because we're all still trying to be something we're not. Here's who you are: You're a sinner who need a savior, who has a savior, who wants to cover you in his righteousness alone. And throw off your robe of hypocrisy, and throw on his robe of righteousness.
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