“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?” – Matthew 17:6
A recent prime-time news broadcast featuring â€œteens and sexâ€ interviewed a teenager who was sexually active with no plans to change. They showed her singing in her church choir. Her Christian parents were obviously concerned. So, the reporter asked her, â€œYouâ€™re pretty religious, right?â€ She said, â€œYeah.â€ The reporter replied, â€œWell then how do you reconcile your being very religious with all your sexual activity?â€ She said, â€œWell, sometimes itâ€™s tough, but I always keep those things separate.â€ I thought to myself, â€œThis is the major problem in the American church today.â€ A lot of people claim to be Christian and live like theyâ€™re not. And this is the reason hypocrisy is the number one reason people stay away from the church.
Hey Christians, if youâ€™re going to claim to be one, donâ€™t live in a way that screams just the opposite. And if you have been living that way, ask Godâ€™s forgiveness and the forgiveness of people youâ€™ve wronged and get it right. The church already has so much hypocrisy. Donâ€™t be one that adds to it.