After reading some of the comments on other discussion groups I thought it would be a great idea to have a group dedicated to a prayer chain. This group would be an outlet for those in need of support, love and prayers during difficult times in their lives. This way they can come to one place, and other members will have their names and be able to add them to their prayer list. In these troubling and difficult times that we are all facing I think it is needed.
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1. a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs1
2. a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
3. : a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings
In the modern sense, a hypocrite is someone who criticizes something that he also does, or someone who acts in a manner that he specifically does not condone. This is considered to be a bad thing, in most cases, and there are plenty of idioms that express when someone is acting in this manner. “The pot calling the kettle black,” is a classic one, and “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” is equally popular. Another popular one is "Be careful when you point a finger, there are four more pointing back at you."
Parenting can be a fertile field for finding examples of hypocrisy. A parent who smokes and tells her children not to, is reeking of tobacco and hypocrisy. It’s difficult to expect children to take such a parent seriously, since he or she is acting in a manner that cancels out his or her advice. Similarly, a parent who curses frequently will have a hard time convincing his or her children not to swear.
Political candidates and commentators from all sides of the political spectrum can act with hypocrisy. Candidates who run on “family values” platforms and then have affairs are a good example. When their behavior is exposed, much of what they do or say in all aspects of their lives or political careers is called into question.
Sanctimonious is generally used to describe a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, and false pride.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortionists, unjust, adulterers or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess." Luke 18:11,12
Who of us has not felt slightly put off when people use prayer for other purposes than simple communication with God — to inform about a situation, perhaps, or give a little theological instruction? In Jesus' story the Pharisee uses it to point out his own good points. We'd say his prayer was sanctimonious.
Sanctimony (assumed or outward sanctity; a show of outward holiness, devoutness, moral superiority; exaggerated gravity or solemnity) is a child of pride. We see it in evidence in various places in the Bible. It came out:
- When the people made a show of religious fasting while at the same time they were mean, selfish, unjust and unfair (Isaiah 58:1-5).
- When the guilty put on airs of innocence when confronted with their sin (Jeremiah 2:35).
We're probably most tempted to be sanctimonious when we're around like minded people --- people who will be impressed by the scathing judgments we voice against those who disagree with us; by the number of times we've read through the Bible (even though we bend the words to suit our prejudices and hates).
Though it is legitimate to share such details to "spur one another on toward love and good deeds." (Hebrews 10:24), Jesus put the kibosh on any such display or boasting meant to impress others. Groom yourselves as usual when you fast, He said. Go into a private place to pray for "your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly."
Ask yourself the following question:
"Am I ever conscious of:
- A secret spirit of pride — an exalted feeling, in view of my success or position; because of my good training and appearance; because of my natural gifts and abilities? An important, independent spirit? Stiffness and preciseness?
- Love of human praise; a secret fondness to be noticed; love of supremacy, drawing attention to self in conversation; a swelling out of self when I have had a free time in speaking or praying?"
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