I Am A Hypocrite

September 28, 2017 - Blog -

Yesterday, I invited someone to join us for a big event we are having at my church this Sunday. His response was “I don’t go to church anymore because most of the people at church are hypocrites”

I responded with my usual… “yea I agree. ESPECIALLY my church. It’s full of them. I’m the pastor, and I’m a hypocrite, too!”

Aaand our conversation dwindled…

But as I reflect back on that moment with a random guy at a coffee shop, I can’t help but think about how my response is SO TRUE. My life is SUCH a contradiction sometimes. My behavior often contradicts my values, occasionally my actions contradict my beliefs, and sometimes my life contradicts my “position” in the church.

I wish I was actually as good of a person as I make myself out to be on stage or on the internet. But I’m not.

Sometimes, I have a really hard heart toward people.

  • Sometimes I am really judgmental of the people who are really judgmental.
  • Sometimes I look down on those who look down on others.
  • Sometimes I take a hardened posture toward those who I consider “religious” or “legalistic.”
  • Sometimes I preach from a place of hurt, instead of preaching from a place of wholeness.
  • Sometimes I make assumptions about people and their motives, instead of extending grace and assuming the best.
  • Sometimes I do the stuff that I tell people not to do from my platform.
  • And sometimes I don’t do the stuff I tell people to do from my platform.

Sometimes, I’m the hypocrite.

But I still show up. I still preach. I still do what I’m called to do. Not because I’m perfect. Not because I’ve got it all together. But because I realize we are all on the same road. We all need one another’s support. We all need some direction. And we all need some help at times.

Hi, my name is Bill, and I’m a hypocrite. See you at church this Sunday!

  • Dori

    This one hit close to home! LOVE... I have days when I fail at my faith, when I make Jesus look bad, and when I don't shine. But...daily...I strive to be a better person and through my walk make a difference in the minute I am in.
    Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't...I am a hypocrite!

    September 28, 2017
  • George Beasley

    Awesomeness!! Me too!!

    September 28, 2017
  • Ben d

    Good post. Truth is all that matters. Well, that and love.

    September 28, 2017
  • Sherry

    A very honest reflection of our own human nature and a very humble, mature post about all on the same road, all needing one another's support sometimes. We are all guilty of getting inside our own mess and being unable to see past it at times, and we all need to work harder at being aware in the good times for those who might be in that dark hole. Thanks for your honesty and slice of humble pie. ❤️

    September 28, 2017
  • Sean Conlon

    As long as we are moving forward. 'We all fall short' and must accept that temptation is always there. The fact is we keep trying and not give up or give in. We may all be hypocrites but we are on the road to redemption as opposed to giving into temptation or giving up. God bless you Bill. We still strive for excellence even though we may never achieve it.

    September 28, 2017
  • Alice Remedios

    I am so thankful for a place I can show up every Sunday in my imperfection and still feel loved by God. Shame isolates. Love and grace embraces. We are so blessed to still be loved even when we're hypocrites!

    October 1, 2017
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