The Constant Insecurity of Always Being a Hypocrite

appoljuce asked a question:

I love to share God’s Word and Truth on social media, but sometimes even when I know I have shared a sound biblical principle I sometimes feel odd. I sense a small fear of saying something incorrectly and I double guess myself. Does this ever happen to you?

Hey dear friend, yes it does.

The truth is, most Christians have a paranoia that we’re “tricking” people into a faith that we’re not entirely sure of ourselves. Some of it’s because we feel inadequate to say such glorious truths, some of it’s because we’re not fully living them, and some of it’s because we’re scared that some theologian will shoot us down from our perch.

It’s true that we might believe some incomplete things right now. But that’s true in all things of life. All our “first loves” are a little embarrassing and immature. Our first created song or poem or sermon or dance or painting will be looked back on with a little sheepish amusement. But that’s okay. This is all part of the journey. Learning too much technique and perfectionism can suck the fun right out of it – and if anything, knowing God is joyful at its very core.

Keep in mind that Jesus had very unkind words for the over-religious people in his day, called Pharisees, who were making it too hard for people to know God. In Matthew 23, Jesus says,

“You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to … You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”

My dear friend: You don’t need to know everything about Christianity to share Jesus. The Christian faith is simple enough for a five-year-old and deep enough for an eighty-five-year-old. If you love Jesus and you know his love, then speak up with unabashed joy. Keep learning about him, but you don’t have to wait to know it all. Please enjoy the process of discovering God, as there’s quite a lot of joy to discover.

– J.S.

5 thoughts on “The Constant Insecurity of Always Being a Hypocrite

  1. Right on! It is about the Person Jesus, not the religion called Christianity. I fell in love with my wife, for example, not her family tree, what others said about her, not the doctrine of marriage… You get my point.


  2. Just today, I stopped myself from posting a comment on a friend’s Facebook status because I would have had to take responsibility for my faith in such a way that I thought, “Maybe I’m not worthy enough to do this.” (It was an article about celebrities reasons for not accepting religion. I thought, “Religion causes the problem… It’s the RELATIONSHIP that fixes it,” and I wanted to say so.) I thought I shouldn’t post because saying something would make me seem silly. I think I might go post that comment now. It might make no difference, but then again it might!


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