So, if you’re not a Christian, and you’ve been annoyed by Christians’ hypocrisy, judgment, or unwillingness to reach out and help others, let me assure you: perhaps no one is more annoyed with that sort of behavior than other Christians. Those claims of hypocrisy, judgementalism, and inward-focus are nothing new. Not to mention there are the moments in history when Christians have, even with good intentions, harmed people and societies, or looked the other way when wrong was being done right in front of them.
It annoys me and angers me. But I try to remind myself that Christians are human, too. They’re faulty even when they put their best foot forward. Yet we don’t always put our best foot forward. Me included.
I sat in a recent church worship service. The worship team on the stage was a mix of people who serve during the traditional and contemporary worship services. I saw a couple sitting to one side of the church, a man I know doesn’t approve of the contemporary style and refuses to participate when the teams combine. I watched him sing with gusto anytime the traditional leader led then close his mouth and drop his head when the contemporary leader led. He is usually a jovial person, so his scowl seemed particularly noticeable.
Why? How could such attitude and behavior from a grown man who says he follows and honors God be productive or helpful?
Then I realized my own attitude toward him wasn’t so productive or helpful either.
I don’t think ignoring an issue is productive or helpful either, so I will probably say something when the time is appropriate. But I need an attitude adjustment first. My own motivation needs to be in check.
As annoying as it is to hear non-Christians judge Christians for being judgmental or to hold them to standards to declare hypocrisy when they say they don’t even believe those standards, it’s even more annoying when we Christians don’t hold each other accountable. Not that we need to tear each other apart. We need to speak the truth with love and work toward unity. Falling short of that and neglecting that search for truth and accountability is a fail on our part. How can we possibly be a healthy spiritual example when we refuse to be healthy?
So, get annoyed, and let that annoyance drive you forward to encourage each other, hold each other accountable, and be humble enough to reflect and change.
We’re all human. Whether we use that as an excuse or a simple reminder to constantly grow, not just in age but in our character and faith, makes all the difference in and around us.