Professing To Be One Thing While Being Another

July 01, 2007

“In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” – Matthew 23:28

If you’ve been to China in the last few years, you know they have embraced capitalism with a passion while still professing to be communist. But professing to be one thing and doing another is not unique to communism in China. It’s the case for many who call themselves Christians and yet live the way they want to live.

A recent Gallup poll found 72% of Americans believe that Jesus was the Son of God, yet 80% felt each individual should arrive at his or her own beliefs independent of any church. Now those two stats show a huge disconnect between belief and practice, between professing faith and living it. It’s called hypocrisy and it’s the number one reason people outside the church say they have no interest in Christianity.

Whether you’re a communist or a Christian, practice what you preach, or at least have the integrity to call yourself something else. Actions reveal what you really believe, no matter how much you profess what you are.