Self-righteous? How can that be? We’re told that we can’t earn our way to heaven out of our own goodness. “Then again, there’s nothing like a little friendly competition. I’m pretty sure I can chaperone the youth weekend outing, visit two retirement houses, spend at hour at the hospital cheering up the children, and make a weak of meals for the Mackasaws before you can…I’d even bet on it if it weren’t looked down on.” I just think it’s a little too much to do all of these things and then bring it up next Sunday in Church. How would an outsider see your busy life? Are you trying to keep focused in the work so that you don’t have the time to talk to be boss? I’m pretty sure there’s no scorecard in heaven for how many visits you made or tracts that you left behind. Remember humility? Treating others as if they’re better than you are? What about the whole “first … last, last… first” thing? Why not just chose one or two areas to focus on? Jesus can’t spread himself too thin, you can.
Lying hypocrites? What’s that old saying, “Do as I say, not as I do?” Remember in the Left Behind series there was a pastor who was left behind? He had been walking the walk and talking the talk, but when it came down to faith he was left lacking. Then once the reality of his situation set in, he went from faithless to faithful. Perhaps those we think of as Christian hypocrites are the same way. They walk the walk and talk the talk, but they don’t have the faith either. Which makes them much more of a hypocrite and less of a Christian. As far as they lying thing goes, it’s only further proof that they’re not good with God. Granted, Christians can lie, but once you stand with the God of the truth, you’re on the same footing as the truth itself, where there is no place for lies, deceit, or dishonesty.