Hypocrisy: More Contagious and Dangerous Than Any Virus

The whole world has been on guard against COVID-19. Face masks, social distancing, and empty shelves of Vitamin C show how seriously many are taking this threat. Unfortunately, not only are we on guard, many are dogged by fear and worry.

Worrying about our livelihood seems natural in light of mass pay cuts, lost jobs, and closed businesses. And with people still sick and dying, it’s expected that we should feel concern over our health.

Yet, when Jesus addresses these areas, He turns the issues upside down.
He tells us not to worry about our lives and livelihoods and to be on guard against issues most of us don’t consider threats. By reframing the things of earth in light of heaven, He shows the remedy to worry lies in an eternal value system.
Let’s learn to shed our worries by applying Jesus’ words in Luke 12:1-35.

Hypocrisy: More Contagious and Dangerous Than Any Virus

Hypocrisy has to do with playing a role, pretending to be something you’re not. Relating it to yeast or leaven refers to how it spreads and infects others. A pinch of fermented dough would leaven the whole loaf.

The Pharisees pretended to love God with their outward show of religion. But inside they had no love for God or justice
(Luke 11:37-44).
Their hypocrisy turned people off who were seeking an authentic relationship with God and caused others to think it was ok to use faith to justify selfishness.

Jesus said, “But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea”
(Matthew 18:6).

Jesus warned that all hypocrisy will be exposed. True faith in God is revealed in how we live when no one is looking.
Those who live to please God honor Him whether anyone else sees or not.

Even during hard times, guarding genuine faith is more important than guarding our physical lives.

✍️🌾Mrs. Kalaiselvi Balakrishnan in Jesus Christ 🌾✍️