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Epitome of Hypocrisy

By: Ron Adams

Offend: To cause displeasure, anger, resentment.

‘It Offends Me!’

Whenever these words are spoken others rush in to chastise the offender, or to remove what offends. Offenses are something that will not be tolerated. Whether it is some said, done, or implied, the offender is taken to task. Yes, this is the age of toleration, we must not be offensive. But wait, something seems awry. Something reeks with inconsistency. It is not all what is appears to be. It depends on who is being offended whether, or not, the offenders are chastised. As a matter of fact, some who say they are offended are told to “get over it.” And who might these people be? People like me!

‘IT OFFENDS ME!’

It offends me when God’s name in taken in vain.

It offends me when God’s Son is portrayed in a bad light.

It offends me when others are afraid to offend those who condone offending Christians.

(Maybe it is because they know Christians will not use carnal weapons to fight back (2 Corinthians 10:1-6).  Jesus’ followers are taught “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.” Romans 12:17.

AND WHAT AM I TOLD?

I am told to be tolerant of what is disgusting to God. I am told to be tolerant when people want God dead, but do not want violent criminal’s dead. I am told I need to stop whatever I am doing because others are offended, but I am told others do not have to stop because I am offended. The word hypocrisy comes to mind. Pretending to be tolerant while refusing to be tolerant of those who differ, is the epitome [i.e., having no equal or match] of hypocrisy.

[A thought: Would those who speak against Christianity be as bold to do so if Christians issued death threats to those who offend. If they desired the deaths of all those who dare to denigrate their leader or beliefs? If they used terror to install fear in their adversaries?]

FEARFUL WORDS

The opponents of Christians may say all sorts of things against them, but in the end they will answer to God. “In all this, they are surprised that you do not run with them into the same excesses of dissipation, and they malign you; but they will give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.” 1 Peter 4:4-5.

COMFORTING WORDS

Christians may be mistreated, but in the end, they are blessed. “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.” Luke 6:22-23.

WHAT THEN? TAKE HEART!

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18.

“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-3.