Perhaps you’ve heard it before: “Christians are just a bunch of hypocrites!” Or maybe this version: “Christianity can’t be true because so many Christians are fakes.”
It’s a popular claim, one that has led many people to close their minds to even considering the growing mountains of credible evidence for the reality of the empty tomb of Jesus and His Resurrection.
The issue has special significance for men and women working at all levels on the Hill because of the high value placed on authenticity and shame attached to hypocrisy.
It’s an important point if your eternal destiny depends on your response to Christ when you’ve previously heard the “Christians-are-hypocrites” claim. It is a fact, nevertheless, that there are hypocritical Christians, maybe a lot of them.
But there are atheist hypocrites as well, so how should somebody working on Capitol Hill — or anywhere else, for that matter — view hypocrisy among Christians? Are their individual failures reason to reject Jesus Christ’s claim to be the Creator of the universe, including you and me?
“But there are atheist hypocrites as well, so how should somebody working on Capitol Hill — or anywhere else, for that matter — view hypocrisy among Christians?”
Cold-Case Christianity’s J. Warner Wallace — you may know him as the cold-case detective on NBC’s “Dateline” — offers two responses to that question.
First, Wallace asks “does atheist hypocrisy prove atheism is false? If a scientist lies about his findings, does this undermine all scientific endeavors, or just expose a single hypocrite?” The answer, of course, is no, one atheist’s hypocritical conduct does not justify rejecting out of hand the views of all atheists.
Second, Wallace points out that all Christians are hypocrites for two reasons, one of which involves the pubic nature of the standard to which they aspire.
I won’t tell you what Wallace’s second reason is, but you can go here to get his full explanation. It’s a concise, to-the-point, and perhaps eye-opening post that is a quick-read, but one that ought to give all of us something to think about.
“Janus”- watercolour by Tony Grist, used under Wikimedia Commons.