If a woman says she’s a runway model, but there is nothing about their appearance, walk or fashion sense which suggests this in the least, wouldn’t we think she was a fake?
If someone says they are a vegetarian, yet nearly every time we see them they are downing a slab of ribs or a bucket of chicken, would we still call them a vegetarian?
If a person told us they’re a professor, but their knowledge in the area of their alleged expertise seems to be noticeably lacking, would we not question whether or not they actually obtained that level of education?
If a guy claims hey grew up in the roughest part of a city, but didn’t know the names of major streets and places in that area, wouldn’t we say he was a poser?
And if someone says they’re a millionaire, but they cashier at a fast food establishment and still live in a low-income neighborhood, wouldn’t we think they were full of it?
So why is it that when someone says they’re a Christian, but their lifestyle and actions are clearly a contradiction to that claim, we actually believe their words over their actions? Instead of calling them a fake, poser or wannabe like we would in nearly every other situation, we claim their actions now represent Christianity. And since we’ve had the misfortune of running into them and a few other people like them, we now feel confident in saying all Christians must be hypocrites. Yet, Jesus himself (the center of actual Christianity) said we will know a tree by its fruits. Therefore, if he wouldn’t consider them to be a Christian because their actions betray them, why should we?
When someone says they are a Christian but their actions never match, I don’t mind people calling them a hypocrite. However, I very much mind that they continue to call them a Christian.
By Corey Dorsey