What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
“An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbour: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:9)
Hypocrisy is “the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform”. I propose that each and every one of us is, or at some time has been, guilty of hyopcrisy. It is part of our carnal nature to hold others to a higher standard than our own.
To illustrate, here are some examples of public hypocrisy:
- Self-labeled “human rights organizations” demanding civil treatment and Geneva convention protections for insurgents (who, obviously, are not a state-sponsored group and therefore are not entitled to such) when no fuss is made about the human rights of American soldiers being brutally beaten and tortured by these same people.
- Larry Miller removing Brokeback Mountain from his theater while allowing other bad (non family-friendly) movies to remain.
- Catholic priests and the widespread abuse scandals.
- Rush Limbaugh becoming addicted to pain medication, when he himself has been outspoken against drug abusers.
- “Reverend” Jesse Jackson counseling Bill Clinton on the Lewinsky scandal, when he (Jackson) was having an affair of his own, resulting in an illegitimate child.
- John Kerry hypocritically stating “I defended this country as a young man and I will defend it as president”, when he had vigorously protested and opposed the very war he was now using to boost his numbers in the polls.
I mention these examples not to vilify, point blame, or accuse those listed (though such might be merited). I simply wish to illustrate that even those with good intentions (Larry Miller’s removal of a filthy movie from his theater, for example) can, at times, become a hypocrite. We hold everybody else to such high standards, but then don’t raise a flag or sound a trumpet when we ourselves fall short. We all fall short. That is why we all need the Atonement.
Wisely did Jesus say:
“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone. . . .” (John 8:7)