There is probably no more detested vice than that of hypocrisy. And yet it is pervasive.
Living a Lie
Hypocrisy involves the deception of others. Hypocrisy is living a lie. Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities or standards that one does not actually have.
The word hypocrisy comes from the Greek hypokrisis which refers to play acting and involves the concept of jealousy, cowardice, dissembling and deceit. It involves the condemning in others what one tolerates in oneself. Hypocrisy is the attempt to present a counterfeit “reality”.
In Boris Pasternak’s Dr. Zhivago, Yurii says: “Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel. If you grovel before what you dislike … our nervous system isn't just fiction, it’s part of our physical body, and it can’t be forever violated with impunity.”
Indeed, arguably the worst hypocrites in human history have been the communists. Communists condemn oppression and uphold themselves as “liberators” and “champions of justice”, and yet communist regimes have been the most oppressive in all of history. No other regimes have imprisoned as many people, executed as many victims, deliberately starved so many millions, erected such huge institutions of oppression, employed more secret police, imprisoning whole nations behind an iron curtain of barbed wire, mine fields, electric fencing and machine gun towers.
Worse Than What They Condemn
Just in the 20th century, over 160 million people were killed by communist governments. From the Soviet Union throughout Eastern Europe, in Afghanistan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Cuba, to North Korea and Red China, the historical record has proved that communists are cruel oppressors.
Although communists claim to be devoted to “world peace”, they have consistently engaged in the most naked acts of armed aggression. Just to take the Soviet Union as an example: the 1920 Red Army invasion of Poland, the 1921 invasion of Georgia in the Caucasian Mountains, the 1939 invasion of Finland, the 1940 invasion of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and the eastern half of Poland. The invasion and colonisation of all the countries of Eastern Europe in 1945. The invasion of Hungary in 1956. The invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. The invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Plainly, the Soviet Union’s condemnations of “aggression” and claims to be devoted to “world peace” were hypocritical.
Although avowed anti-colonialists the Soviet Union was one of the greatest colonial powers on earth. Russians made up less than half of the Soviet Union’s total population while there were 63 major national groups and over 127 languages in the vast Soviet empire, which included nations such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. Large sections of Poland, East Prussia, Finland and Romania were also annexed to the Soviet Union.
Although claiming to be anti-imperialists, the Soviet Union had the most extensive empire in the world with satellite states like Mongolia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany and Afghanistan all firmly under Soviet Military occupation and control. Soviet troops also treated Vietnam, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola and Nicaragua as vassal states.
Although the Soviet Union consistently condemned militarism they maintained the highest percentage of military spending in the world. More than half of the total Gross National Product of the Soviet Union was devoted to building up its bloated military and security establishment. Tens-of-thousands of Soviet and Cuban troops were stationed in 14 African states where they were heavily involved in wars of aggression against local resistance movements and propping up unelected Marxist dictatorships.
Although the communists continually spoke of “liberation” and “freedom” they proved themselves to be the greatest enemies of freedom and the worst persecutors of the Christian Church. For over 70 years the communist party attempted to eradicate Christianity from Russia. Brainwashing, propaganda, infiltration of the church, imprisonment, torture, concentration camps and executions failed to destroy people’s Faith in God and hunger for the Bible. Yet communism continued to export, not only its ideology of atheism, materialism and economic determinism, but its violent revolutionary methods and its hatred of God, the Bible and the Christian Church. Wherever communism has gone, the Church has been persecuted, the economy eroded, brutal oppression, hunger and famine followed, thousands were imprisoned in concentration camps and many hundreds more were executed, while tens-of-thousands of refugees fled the country.
Actions are Eloquent
The actions of communists speak clearly – communism kills, oppresses, exploits and persecutes. What then is one to think of those who walk around with Soviet name brand clothing, with yellow or red stars and hammer and sickle insignia on their T-shirts while they might talk about “freedom” and “democracy”? Communism certainly presents the most blatant example of hypocrisy.
Probably the most bizarre example of hypocrisy is provided by the African Union. While continually talking about “Democracy and Human Rights”, the vast majority of government leaders represented at the Organisation of African Unity are dictators. The recent appointment of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema (the dictator of Equatorial Guinea ) as the Chairman of the African Union is particularly bizarre. Obiang Nguema came to power in 1979 in a coup in which he overthrew and killed his uncle. Now in his 32 nd year of oppressing and exploiting the longsuffering people of Equatorial Guinea, Nguema gives speeches on “democracy and human rights” while insisting that these values must be “adapted to African culture”!
Brutal Muslin dictator Idi Amin was the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity. Amin rambled about “freedom” while he was presiding over the Ugandan holocaust in which hundreds-of-thousands of Christians were brutally slaughtered.
Racist Dictator Condemns in Others What He Practices
While the African Union condemns racism it has consistently supported the most racist regime on the continent, Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe. Despite “president” Robert Mugabe still hanging onto power 31 years later, even after having been repeatedly rejected by the electorate, Mugabe is still invited to take part in AU meetings such as the recent one aimed at finding a “democratic solution” to the crisis in the Ivory Coast!
Humanists are Hypocrites
It is hard to avoid the conclusion that humanists are hypocrites. They claim to stand for tolerance, yet are thoroughly intolerant of Evangelical Christians. Humanists champion diversity, and pluralism, and yet they work steadfastly to exclude Christian views from the public sphere. They claim to believe in no moral absolutes, and yet they make their own humanist opinions the new moral absolutes.
Any scientist who dares to produce evidence that does not fit in with their evolutionary theories is denounced as “unscientific”.
Doctors and nurses who do not want to pervert their healing profession into one that takes innocent life are to be bullied by legislation and regulations into participating in abortions.
Teachers who believe in the sanctity of marriage, and are convinced that sexual activity before marriage is destructive are expected against their own conscience, to teach their students situation ethics and perverse “alternative lifestyles”.
Humanists claim to be non-religious, to be neutral; but in reality they are a new religion. Not even that new. In so many ways modern day secular humanism is little more than a revised paganism of the ancient cults which engaged in human sacrifice, child sacrifice, temple prostitution and pornographic objects of worship.
It is this militant secular humanism which is aggressively rewriting history, subverting morals, undermining the central tenets of the Christian faith, and seeking to hijack the hearts, minds and souls of our children.
That is why I say that humanists are hypocrites. They claim to be non-religious when humanism is plainly a religion. They claim to support tolerance, when they are the most bigoted and intolerant of all. They claim to be for diversity and pluralism when they want to exclude Christianity from the market place of ideas. They claim not to believe in any moral absolutes, whilst elevating their own standards, or the lack of them, to effectively be new moral absolutes which, should anyone question, they will open themselves up to discrimination, ridicule, lawsuits and worse.
The fact is that humanism is the most destructive religion of all time, and the most intolerant.
Evolutionists who claim to be for freedom of speech regularly ban any discussion, or dissension, and fire those scientists who question Darwinian evolutionism, or who ask questions which seem to consider Intelligent Design.
The African National Congress have also proven to be blatant hypocrites by supporting the most racist comments of Julius Malema and tolerating and rewarding some of the most corrupt kleptocrats in the country. They support and applaud racism in Zimbabwe even while giving lip service to “ non-racism ” and “ democracy ”.
God Sees Everything
The Lord Jesus reminds us that: “There is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.” The Lord reminds us that God knows everything and He sees everything. The Day of Judgment will come when every secret will be revealed and even the hidden motives of the heart will be examined. In the light of the coming Day of Judgment we must reject the counterfeit, repent of hypocrisy and serve God in sincerity.
Fear God Alone
“And I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”
Live in the Light of Eternity
The fear of God will free us from they tyrannical fear of man. It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the Judgment. The Day will come when you will stand before Almighty God and you will have to give an account for everything you have ever said and done. If you were to die today and God was to Judge you in accordance with His Law, would you be innocent or guilty? Are you ready to face God?
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way, and the unrighteous man His thoughts. Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
Let your yes be Yes! Let your no be No! Say what you mean. Mean what you say. Be a man of your word, a person of integrity. Dependable. Sincere. Humble. Do not pretend to be more than you are – nor to be better than you are. Serve the Lord with fear. Do not be concerned with what others say of you. Reject peer pressure. People pleasers make traitors. Fear God alone!
Dr Peter Hammond
Africa Christian Action
P.O. Box 23632
Tel: (021) 689-4481
Fax: (021) 685-5884
The full message on Hypocrisy, including the exposition of Matthew 23, as proclaimed at Livingstone Fellowship can be accessed on: www.livingstonefellowship.co.za