Your fake piety astounds me. Everyone knows someone like this; if you don’t, then you could very well be the pretender yourself (?)
They’ll pray everywhere, post lots about Jesus, and put up a public face of the perfect Christian. But when you deal with them personally, you will find in them no love, no compassion, no patience, no kindness, no selflessness….Basically they don’t back up their words with their actions.
You can preach and holler all you want on Sunday but if your heart does not contain the pure love of God that helps you put others’ needs above yourself, makes you think of making others happy, makes you want to pray and cleanse your heart every day without needing to pray in front of an audience for approval – none of your religious displays matter if the fruit of your work does not match up.
I’ve heard of and personally met a few pastors that were filthy rich and preached about prosperity, yet they never once sacrificed a little of their own money to help a poor person. I’ve seen churches that have dress-codes and other criteria to join that are designed to weed out people of a lesser financial status. I’ve talked to people that needed help and approached a preacher or someone from a church and were ignored or outright insulted. Where, in these instances, do you see Christ? Where, in these hypocrites’ hearts, does God dwell? Do they indeed read the same Bible that you and I read? Do they skim over the verses about kindness and compassion? How dare they feel worthy of talking about faith when they have the nerve to look down upon the less fortunate without lending a hand? Would Christ be able to bear the hypocrisy if He were here today?
“21.Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22.Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23.And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:21-23)
The above Bible verse makes it clear that if you do not do the will of the Father in heaven, then none of your other merits matter in the end. Part of the Father’s will: to love the least of these.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)
You cannot say that you love the Lord and then turn around and refuse to love the people that God has placed in your life. You cannot ignore the poor homeless person on the street and then drive straight to church to sing about your love for Jesus on Sunday.
These are things that make me lose faith – not in humanity, because it is impossible to expect kindness from a dark world – in modern Christians.
Jesus instructed us to be servants to others first. He lived out His life that way, showing us the ultimate example.
“And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)
Where are the servants? Come forth and give freely unto all the love that you have been given freely from God.