Hypocrisy – The Problem
As Christians, we desire to offer the Good News of Jesus Christ to seekers in order to provide a higher authority and strength for life’s challenges. Often adults come to a personal relationship with Christ during a time of personal stress. The comfort we offer emanates from the active participation of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer (John 14:26). It is based on a change of heart or a turning away from sin and toward a loving God (Luke 13:3).
Hypocrisy – Nothing New
There is no great revelation in any of this for the mature Christian. It is just an acknowledgment that, as believers, we remain in the hands of a loving God who desires the best for us, but recognizes we will never obtain sinless perfection in this life. To acknowledge that we could be harshly treated as we offer the Good News of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world because (1) we sin, (2) because we do not always exist in a bubble of peace, and (3) because we are tagged within a larger group with those we may disagree with, should not stop us from proactive evangelism.