I’ve been hearing the word quite a bit lately. The word often associated with church and the kind of people that inhabit them. It’s the word that enables many to have an excuse not to attend church. It’s a word that turns the stomach of the faithful. And it’s a word that Jesus spoke about.
That word is hypocrite, from the Greek word hupocrites, which means actor, or to play a part.
Who among us hasn’t played a part or lived a lie. Each of us has pretended to be something or someone we are not.
But it is the person that does a little church praising and hell raising that gets all the credit.
But consider this question; is it a legitimate excuse to stay away from the house of God because of hypocrites?
Let’s go to the source, the Bible.
Jesus said, “When you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.” (Matt 6:2) And “When you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.” (Matt 6:5)
Jesus knew there were hypocrites in the synagogue, the house of God, and He knew who they were. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”(Matt 23:29) and He said this 7 times in Matthew 23 alone.
But did the fact that there were hypocrites in the synagogues keep Jesus from going.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues. Matt 4:23
Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues. Matt 9:35
When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, Matt 15:34
It’s plain to see that Jesus did not let the hypocrites keep Him from going into the house of God, for they did not have that power over Him.
He did not go there because of hypocrites; He went because of God the Father and to worship Him alone.
So if they couldn’t stop Jesus, why should they stop any of us?