When the Church is Full of Hypocrites
God blesses His people so that they shine as a light to the world and the nations come to Him in faith. But what if believers are hypocrites?
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Psalm 67:1-2
You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Romans 2:23-24
The Psalmist has a lofty view of the impact of God’s blessing on His people spreading out to all the nations of the earth. Truly, God does rule over all the earth. He is the God of all flesh. Through His providence He rules over everyone and everything. Nothing escapes Him. All owe Him everything.
But, alas, this vision of a worldwide impact of blessing and worship dimmed due to the very people who had the Word of God. Paul says, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of [them].”
How did God deal with this? He judged His people for their unfaithfulness through the captivities of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. But He acted for the sake of His own name to restore them to the land (Ezekiel 36:16-38).
In Jesus’ lifetime, the Jews faced the question of whether or not to believe the Messiah, the Christ whom God had sent them. Most of them failed to believe, yet according to Paul they still maintained their spiritual pride and arrogance, looking down on the Gentile pagans. In Romans 2 he warns them not to be smug in their cultural superiority.
Think about it
Fellow Christian, have you considered how our hypocrisy as believers can cause the lost to blaspheme our God? Have you pondered how God’s blessing on us is impacting the unbelieving world around us?
At the end of the age, God will bring His elect from every tribe and tongue (Revelation 7:9-10). In Abraham through whom came Jesus Christ, all the families of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 12:3). The Psalmist had it right. “God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!” (67:7). And they shall. Pray for the fulfillment of this promise soon. Flee hypocrisy. Live in such a consistent, God-honoring way as to bring glory to Him.