One of the main reasons people don’t like the church is because of the rampant hypocrisy. For many of you it’s a major reason why you don’t go. In the 1997 movie, The Apostle, starring Robert Duvall, we saw a preacher who got in trouble, physically abused and cheated on his wife. He even killed a man, but he quickly ran to a new town and was able to continue preaching.
Certainly, over the last 30 years, Hollywood has done a number on preachers and priests. And time after time they are painted in a very unflattering way, usually as hypocrites or a bunch of out-of-touch airheads, or mean, cruel psychos. If you combine all preachers with the charlatan TV evangelists, well, it’s not a pretty picture.
But the truth is, all of us preachers struggle with hypocrisy and not always practicing what we preach. I sure do. But I have good news. I’ve only known one preacher in my life who had no trace of hypocrisy. And He’s alive today – His name is Jesus. All the rest of us fall short, but Jesus never does. So, it’s important that you put your focus and your faith in Him and Him alone.