Hypocrisy In The Pews

During the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett Kavanaugh, I perused through my Facebook newsfeed and was grieved to notice that a worship leader at my husband’s non-denominational church…one who deliberately inputs the theatrical in public expressions of praise…had cheered on a leftist New Jersey senator in his dramatic rantings. There was no support in any regard for the prolife jurist despite the fabricated narrative presented by his accuser.

As I viewed the worship leader’s unabashed cheers for this politician, I mused as to how during the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton’s platform focused on the continuation of abortion particularly at late term. In fact, in 2015, she emphasized that Christians would have to change their belief system to accommodate this abomination under the guise of what she referred to as reproductive health care.

Abortion is not, as many would prefer to rationalize, the mere decimation of cells, but rather the slaughter and dismemberment of the defenseless unborn. Revelation 21:8 succinctly states “…as for cowards, the unfaithful, the depraved, murderers, the unchaste, sorcerers, idol-worshippers, and deceivers of every sort, their lot is in the burning pool of fire and sulphur which is the second death.” Clearly the Lord is not secretive about the eternal fate of those who kill. Yet much of the church did not recoil in horror nor point to this scripture and others that would abhor this barbaric act, but instead supported Mrs. Clinton with fervency. The scenario was repeated two years later when the Governor of New York, in his bid for re-election, promised that access to late term abortion, up to the point of birth, would be signed into law. There was minimal outcry from the alleged faithful when this occurred on January 22, 2019.

The plague of hypocrisy continues to rage within the pews. God, in His infinite mercy, blessed us with a president who has voiced his support for the sanctity of life. And yet, I continue to witness religious leaders in all capacities…Catholic, Protestant, and non-denominational…belittle his efforts as they joyfully endorse and affiliate themselves with individuals who by their very policies, despise the tenets of our faith. Who can forget the blatant duplicity of Archbishop Gregory as he disparaged President Trump for his visit to the Saint John II Shrine yet was aglow in the presence of a prominent, pro-abortion politician who delivered a eulogy from the pulpit at St. Matthew’s Cathedral?

Have we not been convicted by God for our attitude of false piety? How can we call ourselves Catholic….how can we refer to ourselves as Christian…how can we worship the Lord…and yet continue to support those who espouse societal atrocities that contradict His Word? We want to be relevant and in doing so, we have negated that which the Lord holds true. Indeed we have prioritized social justice over virtue which in effect has rendered the Bible null and void in our daily lives. We have deliberately neglected to address holiness for we are afraid of offense as well as loss of prestige.

That God will judge the unrepentant is indisputable. In Genesis 6, Noah, a righteous man, found favor with the Lord who informed him of his intent to destroy humanity because of lawlessness. Subsequently, in 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord promised “if My people who are called by My Name, humble themselves, seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” With this, it is vital that we heed His warning and submit ourselves to the Savior for we have learned that failure to do so does in fact bear devastating consequences.

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