Like the pot calling the kettle black. Author Unknown
Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. American Proverb
Do as we say, and not as we do. Giovanni Boccaccio
It is easy to see faults in others while not acknowledging them in ourselves. We do not have problems in criticizing other’s deeds and actions; pointing out their errors, miscues, bad choices, and lack of such things as intelligence, integrity, morals and a long list of weaknesses and shortcomings. More times than not we have a tendency to be especially critical of certain faults in others that we are especially guilty of in ourselves.
The saying that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones captures the essence of what it is to be a hypocrite. Life has a way of issuing poetic justice. What goes around comes around. The more we attack, verbally assault, embarrass, condemn and humiliate others about their weakness and faults, the more likely our assaults will come back to haunt us. The more vocal and visible we are in doing such things, the more we open up ourselves, our weaknesses, skeletons in our closet and our warts and blemishes; all to be seen by those around us. How often do we see a public figure, a celebrity or a politician, get caught and exposed, for doing the same things they were so vocal in condemning in someone else. It seems to happen all the time. Very often the bigger they are, the harder they fall. There is an element of setting up yourself for your own fall; not very wise. It would seem foolish to knowingly put yourself into such vulnerability by setting yourself up to fall.
Most of us should spend more time and effort in cleaning up our own house. We have enough faults, shortcomings and weaknesses of our own that needs attention. This requires being honest with ourselves, looking in the mirror and coming to grips with those things we know to be unacceptable. Criticizing others for the same faults that exist in us, does nothing to help us help ourselves. If anything it probably causes us to bury them even deeper and closes our eyes to being honest about them.
We all have issues that need fixing and cleaning up. The best way we can influence others is by being a good example. A good rule to follow is that if we cannot say something good about someone else, we should not say anything at all. Do not throw stones; you may end up hitting yourself in the face.
Challenge: You should know yourself and be able to be honest with yourself. This means you should be able to look into a mirror and see into your very soul. Instead of wasting your time on focusing on the faults of others, put your time to better use by becoming a better you. Commit to being more responsible and accountable for your thoughts, deeds, and actions. Hold yourself accountable to doing what is right.
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye. Matthew 7:3
This people honoreth me with their lips; But their heart is far from me. Matthew 15:8
… He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. John 8:7
The Bible does not look favorably on those that practice hypocrisy. It does not sanction condemning the actions of others when our own house is not in order. Those that are seeking God’s will and direction in their lives will increasingly have their shortcomings and weaknesses brought to light. The more we see our own shortcomings, the more we will seek God’s help in overcoming them and the less time we will have to look at other’s faults.
Prayer: Help me to avoid being a hypocrite. Help me to concentrate on being a good witness and example.