I was told a story from a close friend of mine a while ago. One day after church they were pulled aside was told they were not being “good Christian’s,” that they were being a hypocrite because of where and who they choose to be with, or not be with, and the gossip they tried to spread. At first I was thinking it was a good thing they pulled them aside, spoke to them in private and pretty much “called them out” on certain things.
I can dig that, as long as it is out of love.
What he told me next though, was crazy. This person who pulled them aside started berating him and putting him down based on assumptions of his lifestyle and just overall demeanor and interactions (or lack thereof) with some of the other young adults at the church.
So of course, he got defensive. He told me he wanted to lash out, and say a ton of other things that would have put this person down but he didn’t. Instead he just said “you’re right,” tucked his tail and walked away.
Upon hearing this all I could think about is the fact that I have not been told to my face that I am a hypocrite (yet), but more importantly I thought about how this person confronting my friend went about it all wrong.
Thankfully, my friend saw through the hurt of this wicked tongue, a true sign of maturity I don’t think I could practice.
What would (or did) you do if and when somebody calls you out on your faith and perceives you as a hypocrite?