Thomas McKenzie
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Christians must be hypocrites.

I just heard a radio ad for "Highland Park Church". I have never heard of this church, but they are apparently a church that meets in west Nashville.

The ad was typical. "Come to our church because we are different. We are real people, just like you. We're casual, low pressure," etc.

These ads are troublesome in part because they tend to feed negative stereotypes about the Church. We are stuffy, high pressure, and not "real," unlike the cool guys at this one church. These ads bash the rest of the Church in the hopes of drawing someone who already agrees with them.

The part that angered me, though, was "are you tired of hypocrites? So are we."

OK, here's the deal. A hypocrite is someone who says one thing and does another. Every person who attempts to follow Christ, a God whose moral standard is nothing short of perfection, must be a hypocrite. The only way to be a Christian and not a hypocrite is to lower the moral standard of Christ.

I don't know this church. I assume they are good people who just want to reach the lost. But this is not the way to do it. It can only lead people to have unrealistic expectations.

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