How can you upset God?

When Jesus was here on earth, it seemed that He would get upset the most with people that acted godly and were not.  The following is where Jesus was talking with the priest/ministers of that time:

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.  In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.  Matthew 23:27-28 (NIV)

The word for this is Hypocrisy.  Hypocrisy is the state of pretending to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that one does not actually have.  Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.  Hypocrisy is simply failing to practice those virtues that one preaches.

I think the reason that Jesus was so upset was because hyprocrisy does more damage to the Christian faith than anything possible.  To act like you are something you are not, and someone sees right through you, is dangerous to the faith in the fact that you are not being who you say you are.  If you need to be a hypocrite, then just walk away!  If you are going to be real with God and others then dive in with all your heart, mind, and soul!

As I sit in a place of lavish living with no concerns of the world, how can I live a life of hypocrisy and do nothing?  Do you stink of the dead within?  Do you appear to be something you are not?  Is being politically correct more important than the truth?  Is it time for you to stand up and stop being what you are not and be real with God and others?  Yes!

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