Wow, timing! My son is listening to a pod cast right now and it is on hypocrisy. The pod cast is on Searchlight by Jon Courson. The story he shared reminded me of what a sue happy society we've become. It saddens me to hear how so many are suing for reasons that are just too far fetched. Have we become that desperate? I pray that these people will allow the Lord into their hearts and stop the idiosyncrasy's that allow them to react.
The story he was telling me about was a man that went in to have his stomach stapled as he had a serious eating habit. After the surgery, the man became hungry, so he got up, went to the nurses station and raided their refrigerator. In so doing, he popped the staples and ended up having another surgery. He is now suing the hospital for half a mil because they did not have the fridge locked! What????
It's because of people such as they that our medical costs keep climbing. Doctors get worried that they are going to be sued and hence come the higher costs so they can protect themselves from people of greed. Who can blame them?
Proverbs 28:25 reads: "A greedy person provokes conflict, but whoever trusts in the Lord will prosper." NKJV
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 reads:
9"Do you knot know that the unjust will not inherit God's kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitues, homosexuals, 10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God's kingdom. 11 Some of you were like this; but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God." NKJV
This is why we must pray as a group for these people to be saved. To pray that they will be saved before committing more of these atrocities that continue to hurt more and more people. Greed is a sin, greed does keep one from being with the Lord.
In Luke 12:15 we are warned of this: "He then told them, 'Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one's life is not in the abundance of his possessions." NKJV
Many areas throughout the Bible talk about Religious Hypocrisy.
Matthew Chapter 23 for instance with v 28: "In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." NKJV
Romans 12:9 reads: "Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good." NKJV
James 3:13-18 reads: "13 Who is wise and understanding among you? He should show his works by good conduct with wisdom's gentleness. 14 But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambitions in your heart, don't brag and lie in defiance of the truth. 15 Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favortism and hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." NKJV
Of course v. 17 was about hypocrisy, but felt it important to add the whole paragraph on that one, as it explains what to and not to do. Luke Chapters 11 and 12 also discuss hypocrisy. Obviously this is a very important subject to take to heart.