Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hypocrisy

Hypocrisy.  I can't stand it.  Yet it's so prevalent in life.  We're all victims and perpetrators of it at some point in life.  Where hypocrisy makes me the maddest is in the arena of Christianity--specifically when it comes to homosexuality.


I think the question of homosexuality will be the defining debate in Christianity over the coming decades.  Christianity has had its share of hot-button issues.  At one time it was the question of whether or not the Earth was the center of the universe.  Another time it was the debate over the age of the Earth, and how science and religion interact.  I think we have moved into the next struggle: homosexuality.


I'm not going to get into my thoughts on homosexuality itself here; I've done that before.  Instead, I want to look at how it is preached from the pulpits of many churches.  When someone preaches against homosexuality, it's an overwhelming condemnation.  In many churches, there are a few overwhelming condemnations.  It seems that a few sins are singled out as "the worst of the worst," while other sins are glossed over and ignored.


When was the last time you heard someone blast the obesity epidemic from the pulpit?  When have you heard a pastor condemn speeding?  I guarantee you that there are more people who fall prey to those sins than to homosexuality.  Why is there such a double standard?  Is it because you'd step on too many toes if you focused all your fervor on if you damned the overweight and those who ignore speed limits?


I'm not suggesting ignoring the question of homosexuality; I just want balance, integrity, and an end to hypocrisy.  Please understand that this is not meant as a blanket accusation against every church; there are plenty of churches out there that are preaching all of God's truth.  I salute and thank you.


People are imperfect, and since churches are made of people, church congregations are going to come across as imperfect.  It's my hope and prayer that we can all look at ourselves and those around us through God's eyes.  When do that, our petty squabbles melt away as we are overcome with love for all of God's creations.

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