Hypocrisy vs. Integrity
Wednesday, July, 30, 2014 | 12:00 AM | by asmith
Jesus stung the religious leaders with a lacerating denouncement, “Woe to you teachers of the Law and Pharisees, you HYPOCRITES! You are like white-washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside. But, on the inside, you are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” (Matthew 23:27)
The Queen Mary was the largest cruise ship in the world when she was launched in 1936. The iconic vessel served for four decades until she was retired and became a floating hotel and museum in Long Beach, California. During the conversion process the ship’s three massive smoke-stacks were taken down to be scraped and repainted. However, on the deck, they crumbled because nothing was left of the steel plates that formed the smoke-stacks. The corrosion of a salt-water world produced internal erosion. All that remained of the steel chimneys were more than 30 coats of paint that had been applied over the years. They looked good on the outside but there was nothing on the inside except rust and dust.
When Jesus called out the Pharisees as “white-washed tombs,” He meant they had no substance of integrity, but only an exterior coating of religion covering the ugly corrosion of internal hypocrisy. The Jewish leaders substituted phony religion for a real relationship with God.
Hear Jesus call you to walk with Him in integrity and consistency. Let your walk match your talk. Let your deeds match your creeds. Humbly solicit God’s help to be the same every day. From the worship place to the work place: Be the SAME. From the bedroom to the classroom: Be the SAME. From the living room to the board room: Be the SAME. From the Fellowship Hall to Eastchase Mall: Be the SAME.
The legendary Mahatma Gandhi declared, “I would have become a follower of Christ except for the hypocrisy of Christians.” You can exit the roller-coaster of inconsistency by learning to see Christ in every detail of your day. When you see Jesus, it is natural to be like Jesus. When your walk with God matches your talk for God, then the watching world will want what you possess.
If you are weary of hollow and hypocritical religion, now is the right time to consistently connect to God’s Word and God’s people and grow a faith that is as real as steel. You may not be fancy but anyone can choose to be faithful!