Yes, I'm A Christian, But I'm Not A Hypocrite

Yes, I'm A Christian, But I'm Not A Hypocrite

"Don't let the title confuse you, I am in no way possible a perfect person or a perfect Christian"

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What is Hypocrisy?

Hypocrisy is "claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform

Hypocrisy is more widely known as "teaching one thing, but doing the opposite". An example would be a dentist telling his/her patient to not eat candy, and then going home to enjoy sweets themselves.

What is classified as being a Christian?

Growing up, I've always been taught that being a Christian means to be "Christ Like", but since the Bible is the authority of my faith, we will see what it says about the word "Christian" which is only used 3 times in the New Testament.

-Acts 11:26 KJV-And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

-Acts 26:28 KJV- Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

-1 Peter 4:16 KJV- Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

They were called "Christians" because their actions and behavior were "Christ-like"

Matthew 23 shows us how Jesus combated hypocrisy in Christians

- Matthew 23:1-5 KJV- Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments.

Here are a few key factors about being a Christian:

-Many people who claim to be Christian don't have a personal relationship with Jesus.

-Although as Christians we are called to grow in our faith and be more like Christ, this doesn't happen instantly.

-A Christian is called to live a life of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Now that I've shown you facts, I'm going to talk a little bit about me for a second. Don't let the title confuse you, I am in no way possible a perfect person or a perfect Christian. In my walk with Jesus, I try my hardest to help others and be there just to listen and give advice to my friends, but I slip up sometimes and I make mistakes.

I feel like a true hypocrite knows exactly when they are saying "Hey! Don't do that!" and then turning around and doing it themselves. I believe a true Christian and follower of Jesus will recognize that point of action and ask for forgiveness from God while also asking for help that it doesn't happen again.

In conclusion, while researching for others' opinions on this topic, I was shown this quote by Mark Mittelberg "The primary issue regarding the validity of Christianity is not Jesus' followers but Jesus himself—and what he offers to those who follow him. Ultimately we need to encourage our friends to put their faith, not in Christianity—and certainly not in the flawed efforts of frail Christians—but in the powerful and proven person of Jesus Christ himself."

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My "Thank U, Next" Story

One Taught me patience and pain at the same time, but everything led me to my love.

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Everyone handles a break up differently, and me and my ex from high school did not have the most subtle breakup. We had been together for almost two years, and she and I had been friends since middle school, so we already knew a good bit about each other, so when we broke up it hurt way more than it would if I hadn't known them for such a long time.

Around the beginning of my freshman year of high school, I was beginning to question my sexuality. I was really trying to figure out if I was attacked to females, males or both. I had a lot on my plate at home with my parent's divorce and I just had also managed to find myself sort of being isolated from my friends, or at least I began to feel like that.

I found myself developing feelings for the girl, and I told her and we ended up dating for about a week that January, and then, later that year in May I asked her out again and we dated a long time.

Our relationship was difficult, definitely because when I would come over I couldn't say or do anything that couples do because he was hiding the relationship from her dad and the majority of her family. She had a very Christian family and she was scared of how they would react to her being with a female, which I totally understood.

Only one person in her family who really 'knew' we were a couple was her mom, however, her dad confessed after we broke up that he knew the whole time and didn't care.

Anyways, we broke up March 23, which was a school day and In the band room before first period she told me she just 'didn't love me anymore' basically, when about a few days prior I had taken us out on a date to eat and see a movie. At the time it felt so sudden, and I was genuinely hurt by it all but I tried to be her friend.

It was just insane because she had basically proposed to me on my birthday (which looking back on it was a bit too early to be engaged) which a month before and then wanted to break up so It was a major blow to the heart there. We actually worked together at one of the McDonalds in our town and I ended up quitting because of it because it hurt to be around her.

I thought I had made my peace with it all, that is until June came around. I was at a friends house when suddenly everything made sense. Now, near the end of our relationship, she quit letting me come over and a close friend was crashing at her house for the longest.

He had told my best friend he had feelings for someone but they were in a relationship and my said friend warned me, and I shrugged it off but it had always been in the back of my head after I learned that.

I am sure you all probably know where this is going, but if you don't let just say I wasn't the only one my girlfriend was dating. It blew up pretty badly, and I handled it in the worse way possible. I actually went crazy after all my suspicions were confirmed, and broke things and screamed.

About three friends and the man who is my current boyfriend, but not at the time, all banded together to make it up to me. We went to the McDonalds we worked at and it just so happened that my ex and the guy she cheated on me for five months was there as well. Let's just say I almost got banned from McDonald's that day.

Anyways the whole ordeal let me get closer to the guy I am with today. I may have done some things I'm not proud of during the breakup ordeal and after I had found out about everything, but it set me but to be the person I am now.

I confronted her about it when our senior year started and her defense was that 'she didn't want to hurt me' by breaking up with me, but if she would have just broken up with me it wouldn't have hurt as bad as her cheating did. Everything I went through led me to the man who has made me ten times happier, and I can gladly say at my 'next' is the best.

As Ariana Grande said, "I'm so F***ing grateful for my ex."

MeganO
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