If we ever wonder what in the world is wrong with this world! – we quite possibly, need look no further than the church.
“HYPOCRITES!” the people cry out, when they see “Christians” today. Yes, that word “hypocrites” means actors, such as are in a theatre! Now, we know that when Jesus walked this Earth, there were those known as Pharisees. This people were a specific sect of the Jews. They were seen by other Jews, as the most righteous people on the planet! None could ever excel them! Yet, the non-Jew saw them very differently. They saw their hypocrisy, that they were just mere “actors”! Jesus also called them on it, saying, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:27-28) Now, that is one scathing rebuke!
Now, Paul the apostle also has somewhat to aim at the actors of the Jewish teachers! Yet, the same could be said in respect to those in the church today. We read, “But if you call yourself a Jew…” Yes, we could just as well say, “But if you call yourself a Christian”! We continue, “…and rely on the law and boast in God and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are living in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth – you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 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.” It could just as well be said today, “The name of God is blasphemed among those who are not Christians because of you people acting in a theatre as Christians”! (Romans 2:17-24)