The greatest incentive to embracing a Christian life is to see it lived with honesty and selfless commitment by other Christians. There is nothing more disheartening to a person who is genuinely seeking to live a sincere life than hypocrisy. Hypocrisy visibly fails to practice the virtues that one preaches or live by the creed one professes. People will respect the gospel onlyl when they see it lived. To be ostentatiously Christian while being exclusive of certain groups of people, unwilling to alleviate the needs of the poor, and condoning uncivil behavior does not ring true. The power of Jesus’ life was that he cut right down to the truth no matter what it might cost him. The integrity and honesty he modeled were fearless. His attractiveness was not only in what he said, but in who he was.
Teach me to live with integrity.
Examine what you see as being preached but not practiced. Does this include you? How do you respond?
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
Mt 23: 1-12
There are those who say, “I am very Catholic, I always go to mass, I belong to this and that association”, some of these people should also say “my life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, I lead a double life.” There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal. How many times have we all heard people say “If that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist.”
An open foe may prove a curse but a pretended friend is worse.
He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.
One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.
Theodore M. Hesburgh
Go put your creed into your deed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
People are very inclined to set moral standards for others.
This year, or this month, or, more likely, this very day, we have failed to practice ourselves the kind of behavior we expect from other people.