“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ ”
Matthew 15:17-20 (NIV)
We’ve all heard of them. The two-faced Christians, also known as the hypocrites. They stand on their soapboxes, project their condemnations to the world as if they themselves are perfect. They thump their Bibles on Sundays, calling others sinners for their short dresses, their tattoos, their use of profanity, etc., but just that Saturday, you saw them at the club, the drunkest person there, dancing on the bar counter, shouting over the crowd with the oversexualized rap lyrics.
When you confront these “Christians” about their contradictory actions, their answer is often the same: “God knows my heart.” As if to say, “God knows I love him. He knows I worship him, so it’s OK for me to sin sometimes because he knows where my heart lies.” But didn’t Jesus say, “If you love me, you will obey my commands” (John 14:15)?
You also have to question if these “Christians” really know what they’re saying when they profess that God knows their hearts. Have they ever read Jeremiah 17:9? “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
God tests us not by our good deeds, not by our bright Sunday dresses and pinned back hair, he doesn’t judge us by how loud we shout and praise, how high we jump in dancing and worshipping him in church, most of that is a show for man anyway. No, God looks into our hearts. How pure do you think your heart will stand under the eyes of God when you just had a fit of road rage toward the preacher after he cut you off turning into the church parking lot?
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)
Instead of saying, “God knows my heart” to excuse your sin, ask Got to cleanse your heart of it’s wickedness. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).
Remember that we are representatives of Christ here on earth. Our purpose is to spread the Gospel and bring more people into the kingdom of God. It’s hard to do that when we’re being two-faced. In fact, the hypocrisy of the church today is what’s pushing people away. Whether you like it or not, someone is always watching you, analyzing your actions. When you’re preaching one thing, and doing another, do you think that will draw people nearer to Christ? No! They’ll see your other face, and think that Jesus Christ is just another scam and not the Savior. We’ve got to be better Christians if we want to see more people saved, and it starts with the heart.
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
1 Peter 2:12