I must confess a guilty pleasure--I have a weakness for McDonald's. I usually order a Double Quarter-Pounder with Cheese add Big Mac Sauce. The meal weighs me in at roughly 1,400 calories.
Now, this may not seem like a huge confession, but to a health freak who eats clean, works out, and condemns the eating habits of his friends, this is a dirty little secret.
I often go months, even a years without my beloved calorie infused burger. Then I crack; I finally indulge. And it feels so good. Then it feels so bad. Either way, I crave it the next day! Something inside me desires more of the very thing I publicly condemn.
Does that make me a hypocrite?
If you’ve ever let your weight spiral out of control like I have, but then managed to get back in shape, you know the value of self-control. The last thing you want is to be in that place where it looks like there’s no recovery in sight, again.
Christians are often associated with hypocrisy, caught by the very sin they condemn. The problem can arise at any time, no matter how long we’ve been faithful. That’s why mature Christians, even pastors, may get caught in sexual sin. And virtuous women may find themselves gossiping and judging.
When we indulge the flesh, we crave more flesh. It doesn’t matter if we condemn the sin, we still want more. When we lose self-control, we keep feeding it until we don’t feel bad anymore. We just accept the fact that our beliefs and our actions are contradictory.
If you’ve ever backslid like I have, then you know what it’s like to look back to a time when you were relatively faithful. There was a time I was regularly praying, reading the Word, and checking sin… only to find myself in a place where I do none of the above.
But I still want to be associated with Christ… perhaps that’s what makes me a hypocrite.
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age." Titus 2:11-12