“'What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too.
What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.'" Matthew 23:25-28 NLT
Have you ever heard the expression," Put on your Sunday best"? In some churches it means dressing in fine clothes. Acting happy and respectable. You know what I mean, the person that has their act together. I think to a greater or lesser extent, we all put on the facade of our "Sunday best".
We have it looking real good when we worship on Sunday. All smiles. Everything's fine. No sin issues. Then like garments, we hang our Sunday best in the closet of our soul, and out comes the real person. Unfortunately, we don't do a real good job at hiding our real selves. The world around us sees us for who we are. That's why Christians have a reputation with some non-Christians as hypocrites. Jesus had the same issue with the clergy of His time.
God is after our hearts, not our appearance. Isn't it time that we get real with God, ourselves and others? We spend too much time making sure we look good, instead of giving ourselves to God and letting Him cleanse our soul.
Come on, let's stop pretending!