On this week’s Trending Faith, one student asked: “The church is full of hypocrites. Why would anyone get involved with something like that?”
Dean of the College of Theology Dr. Jason Hiles and University pastor Tim Griffin sat down to discuss this question, with Tim jumping right in. He said, “That’s always a funny question to me, because it always seems that when people ask about hypocrites being in the church, they’re always looking for a reason not to be a part.”
He went on to state that throughout the New Testament, specifically in Acts 2, you see the birth of the church, and see it unfold. The people were together all the time and constantly found ways to be together whether that be studying, praying, or worshipping. A church thrives on community.
And with that faith community, there are a lot of challenges that come with along. It’s almost easier to not be involved with other people. Within Acts is a direct example that the church spent time together. In the New Testament it stresses on how important it was and is for God’s people to be in community. He says, “and yet when you do that, it seems to be a difficult experience quite often. Not all the time, it can be a real important and enjoyable, sustaining part of the Christian experience is to be in community. But it can also be hard. Especially when people are not at their best when they’re in fellowship together and so we find these reasons on why to leave.” We think that because everyone is a hypocrite, because they say one thing then do the other, that it’s just easier to not be involved and use that excuse.
Tim Griffin offered his advice towards people who have that mindset:
“You’re going be in community with people who are as broken in many ways as you are. When you go into it realizing that people are human and have tendencies towards doing wrong or behaving inappropriately, that you kind of go into it realizing, “You know, people say or do things that are just not always consistent with what Christians should say and do when they are in community, then it doesn’t always seem to rock your world like it might if you go in there, thinking “man, I need to be a better Christian and all these Christians in this community are perfect people.” That way when they stumble, or they don’t do perfect things, it makes it a little bit easier to go “well you know what, I might be in the right place because I am just as broken as they are.” ”
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Written by Lily Cooper, a professional writing major at GCU.