Hypocrisy is a Christian Value

Throughout my adult life, and certainly in the past few years, I’ve noticed a trend where Christians will unabashedly proclaim certain values and morals to be the direct guidance from god, then turn around and act completely different.  These values and morals are not just written in a book for us to read, but actually INFUSED in our brains, they claim.  To act otherwise is to wish to sin.  Yet basically the majority of voting Christians in this country have acted completely opposite of the values they claim to possess.  They say one thing in church, and do a completely different thing in the voting booth.  Hypocrisy, you ask?  Most definitely.

Outside the voting booth, preachers and apologists willingly lie every day.  They’ve practiced it so much it’s become second nature.  Their flock is no better off.  The bible belt is also the divorce belt, gay porn belt and abortion belt.  This hardly seems like the Christianity they profess.

For fun, I went to a Christian website and found this list of “Christian Values.”

Grace – a subversive value! Giving people more than they deserve.
Hope – not a guarantee of immunity from harm but a conviction that God is always
present
Faith – the means to real depth in relationships of all kinds
Love – means to love the unlovely
Justice – for all (not ‘just-me’). A concept biased in favor of the disadvantaged.
Joy – impossible to legislate for this but an essential social value
Service – meaning is found in service rather than self-centredness
Peace– not just the absence of fighting but positive well-being

Let’s discuss.

Grace.  If I had to name a number of Christian-led policy initiatives that fight hard NOT to give people more than what they deserve (except punishment), it would be too easy.  Immigration, welfare, social security, disability, union wages, trade balances, and the homeless are all issues where the Christian lobby actively works to keep people from getting one cent more than they deserve.  Now, I’m not going to tell you how I personally stand on any of these issues, because this isn’t a political blog.  But if you profess to being a Christian, and you don’t support grace in the public discourse, then you’re a hypocrite.

Hope.  Christians will tell you all day long that they have hope that god is always present, but they don’t.  They’re being hypocrites.  How many Christians buckle their seat belt?  For that matter, how many Christians are deeply saddened when a loved one dies in a car wreck?  Why?  If they actually believed god was there, and heaven was real, then a seat belt is just a device to screw up gods plan.  Death is only an extended business trip.  If they really believe they will be joining them in the afterlife for eternity some day, then why all the pain and anguish?  Hypocrisy.

I just have to laugh my ass off at this website’s definition of “faith.”  “The means to real depth in relationships of all kinds”.  Ha!  As it turns out, faith is also the means to justify why a significant other beats you.  Faith is the means to being unaware or blindly ignoring when your significant other is cheating on you, depleting your savings, or is addicted to controlled substances.  No, faith is a stupid means to gain depth in a relationship.  I think they mean “trust”.  Obviously, they are confused.  Faith is blindly believing.  Trust is something you build up over time.  Trust comes when your partner acts in the best interest of the relationship again and again.  Trust comes when your partner pays attention to your needs.  Trust comes when your partner is able to handle matters responsibly on a routine basis.

But since they seem to think “faith” is the thing to do, how do they actually do with it?  Fundamentalist Christians get divorced at higher rates than anyone else in the U.S.  So we know that faith doesn’t really have anything to do with good relationships.  Do they have faith in their sky-daddy?  I’m going to call bullshit on this one as well.  I can’t provide any links or statistics (it would be very hard to study), but let me provide exhibit A: Christianmingle.com.  Just the very existence of this website, and the lack of anger from Christians on it’s existence, demonstrates their hypocrisy.  Hell, the tagline says it all!  “God has a plan for you, but sometimes he needs a little help.”  In other words, “have faith that god will take care of you, but since he never actually does that for anyone, here’s a real, actionable step you can take to find your partner.”  The list of ways Christians act like hypocrites like this can take many forms.  You can pray to find your keys, but here’s a beeper to help you find your keys.  You can pray disease away, but also go to the doctor.  You can pray for a safe flight, but the FAA better have their shit together.  They claim to have faith, but in every single aspect of their life, they are hedging their bets.  Just in case god doesn’t help.  Hypocrites.

Love- and love the unlovely.  Side bar, remember when Bible God yells at his people that any guy that has lost his balls or an eye because of an accident can’t come into the temple?  Good times.  Nothing like loving the unlovely.

Yeah, Christianity is SOOO not a religion of love that it’s almost synonymous with hatred in US politics.  If you’re a white Christian male, of course, you get love.  All sorts of love.  But if you’re Mexican, Muslim, Atheist, brown skinned, gay, transgender, homeless, and in many circumstances a woman, then you’re not getting any love.  Reminds me of this meme:

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(*note:  The above meme is not mine, but it has been pointed out that a. The Quran specifies women be sexually submissive to their husbands, not men in general, and b. the satanic statement is not in the Satanic Bible, but in the 11 Satanic Statements which are separate.)

Seriously, the tenants of LaVeyan Satanism are more in line with modern morality than the bible, by a long shot.  And I’m sure some ass-hat apologist will tell you that it’s because we are sinning now and we need to get back to god.  But seriously.  What do they personally think about rape?  If you didn’t tell them which book it came from, they would reject the biblical morality and choose the satanic morality.  And I’m not saying they SHOULD follow the bible, quite the opposite.  But even when they act like pretty decent people, they still stand up for the bible, and even vote and legislate based on the bible.  Again, completely contradictory to the way they actually live.  Hypocrisy.

So what about justice, and being set up to favor the disadvantaged?  Hardly.  Tax breaks that benefit the rich.  Hell, a tax code that benefits the rich.  Jail time for minor drug offenses, but leisurely probation for those that embezzle millions or even billions of dollars, causing thousands of people to live in impoverish conditions.  A professional athlete tried to raise the issue of justice through a quiet, non-violent protest.  He stated specifically that he was raising awareness for injustice.  This should have been a banner for Christians.  Instead they called him every name in the book, slandered the very purpose of his protest, and cheered when a leader said he should be fired.  Hypocrites.

Joy?  I guess I’ll skip this one.  Not really something you can do.

Service.  Nothing makes me laugh more than when a Christian tells me about all the good works their church does.  Now, I’m sure that somewhere, somehow, there is a selfless act of service being performed by a Christian or even a church group.  But let’s be honest.  Most of these services provided by churches are just recruitment campaigns.  That’s about as self-serving as it gets.  “Oh, we’re helping his body AND his soul” they would reply.  Bullshit again.  If it really meant that much, it would be your main purpose.  No, it’s your sub-purpose, or hidden purpose.  It’s self-serving, and it’s hypocritical.

And finally, let’s discuss how the war-mongering Christians are doing on the subject of peace.  Oh, did that give it away?  Yes, Christians are all too happy to go to war if the opponent doesn’t seem more than willing to just give up completely and convert.  The war between Israel and Palestine is funded by legislation supported by the Christian lobby.  Why, you ask?  Because in their mind, the sooner those two heathen groups get around to killing each other, the sooner Jesus will come and the world will end.  Oh, after he kills lots more people.  They don’t want peace, they want the rapture.  Hypocrites.

For every divorced fundamentalist Christian, there is a hypocrite.  For every fundamentalist Christian dressing lavishly and driving expensive cars, you find a hypocrite.  For every Christian that wants to “build the wall”, hypocrites.  Every Christian that says they follow the bible is a hypocrite.  In so many ways and so many times, the Christians say one thing, but do another.  Hypocrisy is so entrenched in U.S. Christianity, they might as well add it to their list of values.

The Spartan Atheist

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51 thoughts on “Hypocrisy is a Christian Value

  1. Not wanting to live the life of a hypocrite is one of the main reasons religion is no longer something I follow. My morals and my beliefs were not in line with the Bible (at least not all of it). I couldn’t treat my wife like a slave, think it was okay to kill homosexuals and adulterers or hate my parents in order to follow Jesus, to name a few examples. I decided I just wanted to be a good person. I felt I was doing the right thing, but Christians would call it a sin because I rejected the Christian’s handbook of morality. If it’s sinful to treat everyone with respect and not judge anyone because a dusty old book told me to, then so be it.

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    1. I suppose I could have mentioned in my article that hypocrisy is why I quit going to church, long before I would call myself an atheist. Not that I saw hypocrisy in others, but that I personally felt like a hypocrite reciting the Nicean creed, because I wasn’t sure I believed it. Rather than be a hypocrite, I decided to back away from the church until I could investigate further. And it should be obvious to you where that led….

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      1. You have staryed from the part of light
        You need Jesus to save your soul and for you to have a meaningful life. You need prayers
        (sarcasm alert for all the lurkers out there who don’t have the capacity to recognize otherwise).

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  2. The hypocrisy of Christians, especially conservative ones, is so massive it’s probably their most definitive trait, as your numerous examples show. The problem is that the Bible is so full of conflicting rules and standards that a person can take almost any stance or attitude and find something in the Bible to support it. The Trumplings’ recent use of Romans 13 to support obedience to the law, no matter how unjust, is a good example of this. Then there’s the tendency to twist meanings of words as much as necessary to justify what they really want to do. For example, since homosexuality is an “abomination” which will send you to Hell, the real way to “love” gay people is to harass the shit out of them in an effort to make them stop committing their “sin”.

    I can’t imagine what justification they could come up with for attacking the NFL anthem protests, but I suppose they came up with something.

    Thing is, these excuses for hypocrisy only work with people who are absolutely predisposed to accept them — that is, other fundamentalists. To everyone else, the hypocrisy and blatant cherry-picking to justify doing whatever suits their existing prejudices is too obvious and repulsive to ignore. That’s why mainstream society has an increasingly negative view of fundamentalism and even many younger Evangelicals are breaking with their elders over such issues.

    Perhaps the biggest hypocrisy is their ongoing insistence that religion is necessary for morality and that morality will collapse if too many people become unbelievers, whereas it’s actually the believers who are worst at following their own claimed moral system.

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  3. PS: The Qur’ân actually says that women should always be sexually submissive to their husbands, not to men in general. The Satanist injunction on sexual advances seems to be referring to #5 of the Eleven Satanist Rules of the Earth (the nearest Satanist equivalent to the Ten Commandments), “Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal”, not to The Satanic Bible. Those things don’t undermine the point being made at all, but fundies will grab any chance at hairsplitting they can find to distract from the main argument.

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    1. Well researched, my friend. I will make note in the article of the discrepancies of the meme.

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  4. Great post. The hypocrisy of Christians is stunning. Blinding, almost. And it is so blatantly and wonderfully on display these days in our fine land. The support among Christians for Judge Roy Moore, an accused chronic practitioner of pedophilia, a few months ago in Alabama showed them at their best. It is truly sickening.

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    1. Thanks. I try not to write about politics here, but yes and absolutely.

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      1. Well, being an “out” atheist in America, I’d strongly argue, is a VERY political statement. When we live in a country with so many politicians desperately trying to turn the nation into a right-wing, Christian theocracy, how can it not be? Being an atheist sorta implies, “Ya know, I really do NOT want to live a theocracy. So I’m gonna oppose the view that we should.”

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      2. Yes, and I therefore don’t mind treading on politics lightly when referencing theocratic efforts. And I have a masters degree that says I’m probably a good person to actually write or debate politics.

        But I’m also trying to keep my focus for this blog on track. If I start bashing Trump, then I’ll be off on a whole different tangent.

        I talk politics all the time with friends and family.

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  5. Christians choose the part of the bible they want to follow and then ignore the rest.
    Or, they form their beliefs and then find a verse in the bible to support it
    That’s christianity today

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  6. I was accused of revolting against my own conscience in a christian blog
    https://cookiecrumbstoliveby.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/strictly-for-the-birds-as-in-literally/
    For saying that someone being gay should not affect the way we treat each other and for the christians to follow Jesus command to treat everyone with love and kindness and not be so judgemental

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    1. Wow. Following your conscience is now “revolting against” your conscience. Hypocrisy wins again.

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    2. Ah, but see, when they talk about “conscience” they don’t mean what you and I mean. Your “true” conscience is shaped by their God, therefore if you believe your conscience is guiding you in a way that conflicts with their religion’s dogmas and taboos, you must be mistaken. Because your “true” conscience would never do that.

      In other words, they claim to know better than you do what’s going on in your own head. It’s perhaps the greatest arrogance of all. But I have seen this exact point made seriously on right-wing Christian sites.

      You can never win with these people on their own terms because they always twist words and meanings and re-define them so that their dogmas can never be refuted, no matter what. Talking about conscience and other moral concepts the way they do, as if they meant the same as the everyday meanings of those words, is yet another example of their hypocrisy.

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  7. Excellent post. You covered the bases quite well. Too bad most “Christians” will never read it. Of course, if they do, they will deny … deny … deny. Or smugly say to themselves, “That doesn’t describe ME!”

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    1. Oh, I’m pretty good at finding where their hypocricy lies. Usually takes about 30 seconds or less in conversation, and usually has to do with their ignorance of the bible.

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      1. I have been surprised at how many proudly professing christians do not know what is in the holy book they claim to live by. Yes they know the main parts and general stories, the ones talked about most by their preachers and pastors, but many are very surprised if you asked them questions on conflicting parts of the bible. I often get told I am wrong if I mention disagreeable things that are in the bible, as they are sure their loving fair all caring god could never do anything disagreeable or mean. Hugs

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      2. I too have been told by Christians (one in particular) that I have a “fundamental misunderstanding of the Bible.” You see Scottie, we are told on one hand that the Bible was left for us by God so we can all come to know him. However, on the other hand, only a select few know how to properly interpret it and the rest of us are misguided fools. It’s for everyone, yet not everyone will be able to know what it means. That’s what Sunday morning collection plates are for…enlightenment. 🙂

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    2. Well, the Protestants would do that. The Catholics always have some incredibly convoluted explanation of why what looks like hypocrisy (or cruelty or plain reality-denial) actually isn’t.

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    3. If they don’t know what’s in the Bible they should read Nan’s book 🙂

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      1. I agree. Her book was an eye opener for me. I recently went back and referred to it on Satan, as I had forgotten the details. Hugs

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      2. Such a sweetheart!

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      3. BOTH of you!

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  8. The Christian faith deplores hypocrisy. Jesus himself spoke harsh words to the religious hypocrites throughout the book of Matthew. You are correct to condemn hypocrisy. However, you should consider changing the title since Hypocrisy isn’t a “Christian value”.

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    1. The post and comments give plenty of reasons for the conclusion.

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    2. Hi, John. Did you read the article? Hypocricy is probably the most widespread value among Christians. That’s why I titled the article as such.

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      1. Hi, Spartan.
        I did read the article. Did you know the Bible opposes hypocrisy consistently? It is not a Christian value. A better title might be, “Hypocrisy is Christian Shame”.

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      2. The bible also explains who and how to enslave people, but I don’t see a lot of Christians that are pro-slavery.

        And the bible also says thou shalt not bear false witness, but you personally have tried to pass bad, fallacious arguments in your comments.

        So I’m spot on.

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      3. You are spot on for sure!
        Keep advocating for biblical values. This is the stuff we all need to hear.

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      4. Oh, I’m not advocating for biblical values. No, no, no. There is some seriously horrendous shit done by your god and by people under direct orders from your god in that book.

        If Christians were able to finally throw that piece of garbage in the trash where it belongs, and acted like decent people without the evil hang-ups of Christianity, they wouldn’t have to keep being hypocrites.

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      5. No reason to quit being a hypocrite if I throw the Bible in the trash. Last I checked, hypocrisy isn’t illegal.

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      6. This is true, you can keep on being a hypocrite without the bible if you’d like.

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      7. Thanks!
        If we throw away the Bible, we don’t have to be kind, charitable or generous either. Selfishness and greed are legal too.

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      8. Yep. All perfectly legal. Luckily, without a bible, non-christians aren’t as prone to hypocricy, greed, and selfishness. We don’t feel the need to take the world, live in the world, interact with the world, and then for some reason pretend that there’s another thing that is also right although contradictory.

        Since we don’t have the contradictions between the world and our understanding of the world, we can just be honest.

        Hypocrisy is therefore usually the value of the religious.

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      9. You talk as if greed, hypocrisy, selfishness and global domination are bad things. That’s a pretty narrow point of view.

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      10. Yeah, it’s a viewpoint that comes with good morality. Again, the bible is totally cool with the whole global domination and genocide and slavery thing, but morality says otherwise. So here you, John Branyan, are forced to pretend like the bible is good, when it clearly is a horrible book.

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      11. I never said the bible is good.
        Not once.
        So let’s throw it away. There are a lot of awful things in that book. I don’t want to be kind to my neighbor and I don’t like charity either. I’m happy to get rid of morality all together!

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      12. See, you’re being a hypocrite again. You know exactly what I’m talking about, but you’re pretending not to. And then you cherry pick a couple verses from the 30,000 word tome of hatred, and pretend that it’s the central message.

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      13. No hypocrisy. I’m agreeing with your idea that the bible should be discarded. For some reason, you seem to be backpedaling about that.

        Are you saying we should throw the whole bible out or just some of it?

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      14. Throw the whole thing out, and start fresh. We can come up with “don’t kill” all by ourselves, and we then don’t have all the baggage to contend with.

        For example, biblical morality has nothing at all to do with human well being. It has all to do with mindless groveling. We can’t separate the two in the bible. All the reasons are wrong, even if the conclusion is sometimes correct. So let’s throw the whole book out, use our intelligence and good reasoning, and develop good morality.

        Luckily, we’ve already done this. This is why you don’t kill homosexuals.

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      15. Intelligence and good reasoning to develop morality. I like the sound of that!

        We should kill the Christians that don’t get with the program.

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      16. No, hypocrite. That’s bad morality and you know it.

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      17. No. It’s reasonable to get rid of the superstitious people with their biblical morality. What difference does it make if we kill them? Nobody is going to judge us for it.

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      18. Wow. John, you are either again being a hypocrite, or you are very, very stupid. We have these people, and their actual title is “judge”. They have a whole supporting cast known as “police” and “attorneys” which help them in their role as “judge”.

        Anyway, thank you kindly for doing such a fine job of demonstrating Christian hypocrisy in action. Unfortunately, as a useful debate, your hypocrisy and dishonesty mean we will never actually agree on anything. As I make good points, your well-tuned hypocrisy kicks in and you make up a weird lie.

        So I’ll leave this conversation as you’ve helped me make my point already, and further discussion is pointless with you.

        Cheers!

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      19. Christians following all the horrendous shit in the bible deserve to be killed. They advocate slavery and misogyny and homophobia. Nothing immoral about purging those vile people from an otherwise Utopian society.

        Cheers!

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    3. If the Christian faith deplores hypocrisy, as you claim, why are you an exemplar of hypocrisy?

      You neither truly follow the commandments of the character Jesus of Nazareth and you most certainly don’t adhere to many of the Divine dictums of the Old.

      Your entire approach is confrontational, and antagonistic, and unlike the non-believers you try to intimidate with your pathetic, infantil blathering you are the epitome of ignorance, willful or otherwise.

      That you have a family history of mental illness and a personal history that – according to you – involves a certain amount of addiction – strongly suggests sociopathic tendencies.

      Whatever you beleive your Christian (sic) motivation/mission is, it certainly works in the atheists’ favour.
      Maybe you should reconsider your approach?

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      1. Ark, you forgot one … Your entire approach is confrontational, and antagonistic, …. and sarcastic as hell. (He probably considers that last one a compliment since it’s reported he uses that in his comedy??? act.)

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