A lady in my church introduced a gentleman to me last year. They were in a relationship and intend to marry.
After our initial interaction, I asked of his church, and the kind of work he does. He said he attended a particular church (name of church withheld). I had just finished a programme with that church. The pastor of that church has been my friend for more than thirteen (13) years. I was shocked he didn’t know the name of his pastor when I asked of his name. I became curious, but kept my composure. He continued; “I lecture at the Methodist University”. I am a product of three universities in Ghana, and Methodist University is one them. I know many of the lecturers, one of them is a regular member of my church. His answers and explanations made me indignant. My background checks revealed he was not a lecturer, and does not attend my friend’s church.
“Hypocrisy is claiming to be who you are not; claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behaviour does not conform; pretense”.
I am sure many of you have had personal experiences in your lives about a Christian who is a hypocrite. If you haven’t seen one, listen to our leaders on radio and watch them on TV. Listen to our preachers, our technocrats, policy makers and our Christian leaders.
Combating hypocrisy was the greatest passion of Jesus during His time on earth.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence …”(Matthew 23:1-27)
In Ghana, many “big-name” Christian leaders give Christianity a bad name. They talk about humility, yet they are as proud as a peacock. They talk about respect, but they are the first to disrespect, they talk about forgiveness, but are the first to revenge. They play to the whims and caprices of the government of the day. They constantly talk about the humbleness of Jesus, yet they live in mansions. They crave adulation, alienating unbelievers with their pride, greed and self-centeredness.
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Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.