Friday, September 18, 2015

The appalled appaller

Hypocrisy has been in the news lately. It has been used incorrectly to describe people who have accepted God’s forgiveness for sins and at the same time condemn sin, as if those two positions were not completely consistent with trying to lead a godly life.

The etymology of hypocrite indicates its true meaning is actor, pretending to be someone you’re not, from the Greek hupokritēs. So the way a sinner is a hypocrite is if they say they’re not a sinner. What condemner of sin claims he has not sinned, that he is pure as Jesus Almighty? No one that I’ve heard of. Secularists, atheists, and materialists, those who categorically deny sin, come closer than anyone else to this claim.

If we say we do not beat the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8)

If you want to see real hypocrisy, look at Hillary Clinton, pretending she wants calm debate, contra those hotheads who want to exacerbate divisions in our society. Three weeks after the president-in-waiting likened pro-lifers—the non-barbarian counterrevolutionaries to the apocalyptic sexual autonomy zeitgeist—to terrorists, she lectures on the state of civility, or lack thereof, in public discourse. The Washington Post reports:

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday denounced Republican front-runner Donald Trump for not challenging an audience member in a rally Thursday night who said that President Obama is Muslim and “not even an American.”

“I was appalled,” Clinton told reporters following an appearance at the University Of New Hampshire. “He should have from the beginning repudiated that kind of rhetoric, that level of hatefulness in a questioner in an audience that he was appearing before.”

Having all but declared war on half of America, which the other half can’t stand but for some reason won’t let go, I’d say she’s in no position to judge.

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