“The Jewish ceremony of circumcision has value only if you obey God’s law. But if you don’t obey God’s law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile. And if the Gentiles obey God’s law, won’t God declare them to be his own people? In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God’s law will condemn you Jews who are circumcised and possess God’s law but don’t obey it.” Romans 2:25-27
E Stanley Jones asked Gandhi how Christians could make Christianity naturalized in India, not a foreign thing…but a part of the national life of India and contributing its power to India’s uplift? What can you tell me to make this happen?
Gandhi replied, “First, I would suggest that all of you Christians…must begin to live more like Jesus Christ. Second, practice your religion without adulterating it or toning it down. Third, emphasize love and make it your working force.” Gandhi also said that he had no problem with Jesus Christ, but he had a problem with Jesus’ followers. When I was first called to the ministry and started attending Bible College, all the students put a clergy sign on their cars. I would not put this on my car because at times I felt that I did not want to be a stumbling block to anyone. At times I do have some road rage when I am driving. It is not that I am ashamed of Jesus Christ and my relationship with Him; I just wanted to be sure that I was the Christian that Jesus wanted. I have matured over the years and I might put one on my car now. Hypocrisy in the church was my excuse for not going to church far too long. The Book of Romans is about being right with God and being right with God is not being a hypocrite.
The hypocrite goal is to be seen. They are on stage and seek to win the audience’s applause. They are engaged in some action so that people can see them. It is clear that this is ultimately sad. A lonely actor on a stage performing whatever role is required to win approval from the current audience. This is the true heart of hypocrisy.