“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:6
One of the main criticisms of Christianity and the church is all the hypocrisy and, no doubt, there’s a ton of it. Most people outside the church don’t realize how much Jesus hates hypocrisy, as well. In His most famous sermon He blasted showy giving and praying that was designed to impress others, rather than to please God and help our fellow man.
He says the best way to give to others, is to do it anonymously. The best way to pray is to seek out a place to be alone with God and privately pour out your heart to Him.
It’s not that Jesus is down on doing good publicly; it’s the motive that matters to God. One thing’s for sure…showy religious hypocrites don’t impress God at all. So don’t miss out on Jesus Christ because of the hypocrisy in the church. Take a fresh look at Him in God’s Word. The more you see, the more you’ll like, because He despises hypocrisy even more than you do.