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Never a Good Look

“Jesus replied, ‘And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God?’ You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’ ” Matthew 15:3, 7-8 NLT

Even before COVID19, there were a lot of people who stayed away from churches because they had a bad experience. One of the stereotypes we often hear, “I don’t want to go to church, there are too many hypocrites.”

It’s just not fair to group everyone into that hypocrite category. Still, the verse above clearly indicates religious people have always had an image problem with the public. Too often in the 1st century church religious people gave lip service only. Many of the Jewish insiders could talk the talk, but were inconsistent in their daily walk with God and people.

Webster defines hypocrite as “an actor; stage-player, one who hides behind a mask. A poser, a pretender.“ Even today, churched people sometimes struggle with authenticity when our behavior is inconsistent; often betraying our true identity as Jesus followers.

Join us this weekend at Journey Community Christian Church as we wrap up our current series, Handling Difficult People. This final episode can be relevant for handling people who know, what is true; those who follow Jesus, knowing what is the right thing to do, but then do not. Jesus called them hypocrites.

How might we help others and not hurt by confronting them when they’ve been inconsistent in actions? What would Jesus say? What would Jesus do? How might we gently guide others, giving them our full support, but without compromise of the Truth in the Bible? I’ve a got a few relevant pointers from the Bible to share this weekend, we can all use.

If you feel like your faith and commitment have drifted a bit from the course you were taking before lockdowns and pandemics, this final episode may be just the sort of reset you are looking for.

We can all use a little adjustment or “tweak” at times to rediscover the game plan God has for our life. See you this weekend Journey Sat@6pm or Sun@10:30am. I promise you will laugh and smile and have a great time. We are better together. Let’s help God make Church a thing again. Let’s do this.

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