Understanding hypocrisy and religiosity as they pertain to nominal religion is only the beginning. The Bible has much to add, in which the writers used metaphors and figures of speech to get a point across. In the book of Proverbs, King Solomon gives lectures:
“A troublemaker and a villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, who winks maliciously with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers, who plots evil with deceit in his heart— he always stirs up conflict. Therefore disaster will overtake him in an instant; he will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy (Proverbs 6:12-15).
In this passage, it seems as though Solomon is describing a naughty boy. On the other hand, he might be metaphorically depicting an adult to make a point of showing the insincerity of self-styled religion — a person who leads others astray. A person who is rebelling against God.
The hypocrisy of those who try to create God’s will and spread false doctrine is a facade. Their concern is not about true and deep faith, but about money, popularity, and a way of boosting their self-esteem. Sometimes the media covers “doomsday believers” who say they know exactly when the world will end. What better way to get free publicity than to promote oneself by distorting the power of God’s will?
Rebelling against God, we all try to guide our lives with our own hands. Many times that seems to work perfectly. However, in God’s eyes, our rebellion—no matter how small—is incorrigible. Our sin separates us from him causing the wounds of sin to decay. And yet — we have an abiding hope found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Still, we rebel. We take a “hum ho” approach toward our rebellion and sin. Thinking our rebellion won’t matter—because we’re saved—is like slapping God about his face and leaving him with handprints of sorrow. Shouldn’t we be responding to God’s love with love?
Until next time…