Christian Hypocrisy– During a morning mass sermon on Thursday, Pope Francis unmasked the hypocrisy of Christians, especially the Catholics whom he was addressing.
In his sermon he warned that some people are merely ceremonial Christians.
Imagine a world where Christians were really who they are supposed to be? -Christians who uphold purity, love their families at least, reach out to the needy and help those they are better than.
This world will be so much of a paradise. Unfortunately the world has fewer devout Christians than the “double standard” ones.
According to the pope, a bad Christian scandalizes others.
“So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others,”
“It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life.”
“‘There are those who say, ‘I am very Catholic, I always go to mass, I belong to this and that association’.”
Instead of the deceptive self-profession, Pope Francis says it will be more truthful to say rather,
“‘My life is not Christian, I don’t pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, [I lead] a double life’.”
“How many times have we all heard people say ‘if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist’.”
Pope Francis has always preached that salvation is not designed for Christians alone but for everyone.
In his sermon which was based on Thursday mass readings, Pope Francis reminds the church what Jesus says about people who influence and encourage others to do evil.
“But whoso shall cause one of these little ones who believe in Me to fall, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”
He warned that whatever influential position we find ourselves in should be used to effect more good and positive growth in the society.
Pope Francis who is an ardent critique of capitalism called out to greedy business people who would rather act sanctimonious in church, perhaps give chunky offerings but are unfairly treating their employees and subordinates.
He says such is not what the Christian call is all about.
Paraphrased, we could say that whatever we do in church to fulfill all righteousness is totally useless if outside the church we are terrible people.
For instance every society has reasonably wealthy and prominent personalities but rather than invest in the lives of our hungry neighbors we choose to set a “Forbes’ richest” record.
One person that Pope Francis has publicly described as the true model of Christianity is Mother Theresa who was made a saint last year.
Her selfless and extremely compassionate lifestyle is all that Christians have been called to do. The Christian faith teaches that only the good works we have done will speak for Christians on the last day.
“To be a Christian means to do: to do the will of God – and on the last day – because all of us we will have one – that day what shall the Lord ask us? Will He say: ‘What you have said about me?’ No. He shall ask us about the things we did.”
Pope Francis painted a scenario of the last day of a hypocritical Christian thus:
“Here I am, Lord! … I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this… Don’t you remember all the offerings I made?”
To the above, the Pope gave a probable blunt reply from Jesus,
“Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don’t know you.’ That will be Jesus’ response to these scandalous people who live a double life.”
Pope Francis also warned that Catholics who are Mafias have automatically excommunicated themselves. He urged everyone from the top clerics to the laity to practice what they preach.