I've been running into a lot of this attitude lately. I can be in the midst of a completely secular conversation when, out of the blue, the other person will launch into a diatribe against the hypocrisy of this “church-goer” or that “Bible-thumper.”
Maybe it’s because of my own shady past, which they know about from experience or through reading the “bad old me” parts of my memoir. They don’t know or care that when I was born again in Christ, I had (painfully) repented of that past, and became a new (albeit deeply flawed) creature in Christ.
Or maybe it’s because they still see hypocrisy in me, in which case I really need to clean up my act – not because it would put my salvation in jeopardy, but because it might create a stumbling block to theirs.
But I have to wonder.
Do these people refuse to vote because they have detected hypocrisy in their party or platform or candidate of choice?
Do they avoid certain restaurants, stores, museums or theaters because known hypocrites frequent them?
Do they sneer at proponents of alternative worldviews, from secular humanism to Hinduism or Islam, because hypocrisy occasionally tarnishes everyone’s life?
Or is it only biblical Christianity that gets treated with disdain whenever a follower fails to live up to its high standards – or, just as likely, their own?
And if that’s the case, I’d certainly like to know why.
There’s a very simple biblical explanation for such contempt. But since they reject that source, I’d love to know how they explain it.