Have you heard people reason that they do not attend church because it is full of hypocrites? Perhaps you have said something similar yourself. Perhaps this is how you feel right now. If so, who can blame you?
There are many reasons people do not go to church, but nothing turns a non-church goer off as quickly as seeing a regular attender, who says one thing but then does another, pull up to church each week.
However, even considering all the negative reasons for someone not going to church ... the reasons to attend church, and the benefits derived, are so much greater than another's failure to live up to what they say they believe.
If you are one who has decided to stay home rather than go to church with a bunch of hypocrites, please read this article with an open heart, and give it a go one more time! Do not miss out on the tremendous blessing that awaits you in corporate worship.
Make every effort to recall the following truths, making each one a step in your thought processing whenever you are turned off from attending church because of the hypocrites who might be there.
REMIND YOURSELF TO KEEP YOUR FOCUS IS ON GOD, NOT OTHERS
Encouragement, relief, peace, hope, and many other blessings of the spirit await you when you keep your focus only on the things of God.
Whether a first time visitor or a long time member, you can count on the temptations of a smorgasbord of distractions. It is important to purpose in your mind that you will set aside any outside interferences that might surface during the church service.
To let your focus wander to anything other than worshiping God is a "spiritual battle" that can take place in mind, body and spirit. Do not be ignorant about these things. Arm yourself with knowledge and pray for help in focusing on the things of God, and you will gain victory in the battle and the blessings that await all who enter into the Lord's house.
BE INFORMED ABOUT SUCH THINGS, BUT NOT IMPRESSED. THE BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD!
REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT PERFECT EITHER
Ok, so maybe you are not a hypocrite, but you are far from being perfect, right? One person's weakness may be another's strength, and the same works in reverse.
The fact is that each of us have areas of our lives that are sinfully unattractive, and the Bible tells us there is no degree of sin. While recognizing our own weaknesses does not excuse the hypocrite, it is helpful for us to take a good look at that part of ourselves that, if seen by others, would be just as disgusting as that of the hypocrite.
There is great danger in judging another. Luke 6:39 says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged." Leave the hypocrite, and anyone else who does not live as you feel they should live, in the hands of God.
ASK YOURSELF, WHAT BETTER PLACE COULD A HYPOCRITE GO THAN TO CHURCH?
It is certain that the church is full of sinners! Everyone, even a hypocrite who may be in church simply for "appearance sake," is subject to hearing something from, or about God that will stir their heart during a church service. What better place for any sinner to be?
All God needs is for us to crack open the door of our hearts just a wee little bit. God will take it from there, stepping all the way in to change our lives forever. This goes for the hypocrite as well as for all sinners, such as you and me!