The “hypocrisy card”
All of us at one time or another have regarded someone, usually someone else, as a hypocrite. To many who do not believe in religion, or Jesus Christ more specifically, this “hypocrisy card” is used to deflect any attempt to direct a conversation to a person’s spiritual condition.
Plenty of examples
We all have our hypocrite stories, ain’t no doubt about it, and they are plentiful. The churches are full of hypocrites, right? We don’t need to embellish, although we do, because in some way we are all hypocrites, so examples should abound. But even though we point the finger all around, in some way each of us at some instant holds the mask in front of our face to deceive the person we are communicating with.
But that isn’t really my point, to prove you are or are not a hypocrite. My point at this moment is to urge you to use your “hypocrisy card” as much as you can while on earth because when you leave this planet, when you die, the card expires, becomes meaningless.
The “hypocrisy card” has an expiration date — the day you die
Function and effectiveness
We have to understand the function and effectiveness of the “hypocrisy card” to fully understand this. Some people mistakenly believe, although I don’t think they really probably believe this, that they will be able to use the “hypocrisy card” after they die when they face God. We think we will tell St. Pete outside the pearly gates that if it were not for those damn hypocrites, we would have come clean before God. We think we will use the “hypocrisy card” as a “get out of jail card” or more aptly put, a “get into heaven card.”
Not the function of the card
But that is not the function of the “hypocrisy card.” The “card” can only be used effectively while still on this earth to keep you from examining your spiritual condition by blaming someone else for your decision to not seek God, and the “card” functions quite well in this respect.
So use the card while it still works.
So just as you would not want to have your gift card at the local home improvement store expire before you used the last dollar, I wanted you to realize that you need to use the “hypocrisy card” while you are still alive before it expires.
Of course this means you are going to spend forever apart from God. You know. . .hell, damnation, lake of fire, etc.
But if for some silly reason you don’t want to wait until it is too late to do something about your eternal destination, then drop me an email or give me a call.
(Revelation 20:12 ESV)
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done.
Romans 14:10-12 ESV
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; (11) for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” (12) So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.