Etymology: Middle English ypocrite, from Old French, from Late Latin hypocrita, from Greek hypokritEs actor, hypocrite, from hypokrinesthai
Date: 13th century
: a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion
- hypocrite adjective
Since everyone is a sinner, isn't EVERYONE a hypocrite to some degree? Or are hypocrites the people who are in denial about themselves?
This is just me, but I don't call myself a hypocrite because I am well aware that I'm not perfect, and I freely admit it. I'm a bad person. I'm a sinner. I'm an adulteress. I really don't pretend to be otherwise because why bother? When I do go to places like church, it's not because I'm being pretentious. It's because I need church. I'm sure a lot of you out there are like that too.
I guess this whole "You're a hypocrite!" thing really bothers me because it's said to so many people all the time. I just remember my friend Faith in my Bible study saying, "Well, when I want to judge someone, I remember that my judgment doesn't matter at all and God is the final judgment and the ONLY judgment." She's very right.
I'm sure I'm contradicting myself in here somewhere, but what can you expect with a topic like hypocrisy?
What do you all think?