Are Christians Hypocrites?
It's important to remember that not everyone who claims to be a
Christian is actually a Christian. Furthermore, many people who are
Christians do not make it a priority to try and live the Christian life
faithfully. Many self-proclaimed Christians don't seem to act in a
"Christian" manner: they lie, steal, or have affairs. There is no doubt
that these actions tarnish the name of Jesus.
so, a Christian would say that yes, all Christians are indeed
hypocrites, since a hypocrite can be defined as someone who does not
live the things, or meets the standard, of what he believes. The
Christian believes his standard is perfect as Jesus is perfect. Since
no one can reach this standard, he will always be less than what he is
striving to be -- in other words, a hypocrite. The Christian believes
this state of imperfection will persist until he is literally in the
presence of Jesus, when he will then be remade.
Christians are not the only people who can be hypocrites, of course,
but they are often (rightfully) targeted because they hold to such a
high standard of ethical behavior. There are many sincere Christians
who, although they may stumble, struggle passionately to live the
teachings of Jesus as best as they possibly can. Billy Graham and
Mother Theresa are two well-known examples. Christians through the
ages, living by Jesus' words, have done great things to improve the
quality of life on earth. They have built hospitals and educational
systems, and the entire abolition movement of slavery in the 19th
century was spearheaded by Christians in both England and America.
Today many ministries that, for example, aid disaster victims, dig
wells in poor countries, or run soup kitchens or prison outreach, have
been formed and operate in the name of Christ.
The guiding principle in Christianity is agape love, sacrificial love,
wanting the very best for the other person with no thought for the
self. While no human being is perfect and Christians consistently fall
short of this ideal, it is nevertheless what Christians strive for.