“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“All humans are hypocrites; the biggest hypocrite of all is the one who claims to detest hypocrisy.” – Peter Wastholm
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.” – 2 Timothy 4:3 NLT
I don’t know about you, but lately I have been immersed in a form of disgust – a type of revulsion that naturally surfaces whenever hypocrisy emerges.
Mandate masks yet be seen not wearing them. Close hair salons yet see nothing wrong with getting your own hair done whenever you desire. Shut down restaurants because of the enormous consequences to public health in one political district, yet just one block away, allow them to be open for business.
Refer to National Guard as “Nazi storm troopers” in Seattle, yet see no problem deploying 25,000 of them if it means securing your own protection in Washington DC. Call some forms of rioting, looting, and burning of buildings “peaceful protests” and other forms of rioting and protesting “insurrection”. Say racism is horrific yet denounce people for their “whiteness” – categorizing and generalizing them based on the color of their skin, not on the content of their individual character or actions.
My form of disgust has turned into anger. I am tired of it all – especially the hypocrisy!
I’ve wanted to write about it as I know that many folks feel the same way I do – regardless of their political persuasion or the particular side of the fence they find themselves on right now.
In my research, I found the quote from Peter Wastholm above: “All humans are hypocrites”, especially those “who claim to detest hypocrisy”.
Nothing like pouring a bucket of ice-cold water on a fiery temper 😊.
If we honestly look in the mirror of self-reflection, each of us will see a form of hypocrisy gazing back at us. If we look hard enough, we might see it on a larger scale – greater than what we see and judge in others.
“Why do you look at the [insignificant] speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice and acknowledge the [egregious] log that is in your own eye?” – Matthew 7:3 Amplified Bible
What if when we faced hypocrisy, it triggered us to look deeply within ourselves to find evidence of it in our own life? Instead of pointing it out in others, what if we identified areas where we could do a better job of matching our own words and beliefs with our own actions and behaviors?
What if we followed the advice of Jesus when He said, “Judge not lest ye be judged?” (Matthew 7:1)? What if we believed God when He implores us not to avenge ourselves but says, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay.” (Romans 12:19)?
If we turned away from judging the hypocrisy in others and turned inward, rooting out any hypocrisy we find within our own words and actions, we would become focused on something we CAN control versus something outside of our control.
Instead, we are too busy pointing it out in others as they point their fingers at our own hypocrisy. Under these circumstances, when will it all end?
When our words match our actions, we positively influence others. We become a more credible force in our world. As Ralph Waldo Emerson so eloquently states above, what we DO is louder than anything we say.
The deception found in hypocrisy has a way of surfacing on its own. It doesn’t require finger pointing or a self-righteous person to bring it to everyone’s attention. Trust that God has allowed it for a purpose and will expose it when He sees fit.
In the meantime, turn your critical, judgmental eye on yourself, not in a self-defacing way, but in a way that seeks to change any hypocrisy that surfaces.
I am determined to do this – casting my anger aside and turning my attention on becoming more consistent myself. By doing so, I will become a better person – one who has greater influence and impact on the small piece of the world I occupy.
Think for a moment my friend if everyone did this – especially now in the times we are facing?
Be determined to root out any hypocrisy within your own life and leave the rest to God 😊.
When you do, your world will change for the better. You will have eliminated the only hypocrisy you can control my friend 😊.