The cases of people who fake it are on the rise.
A friend of mine showed me on his hand phone a snapshot of a fake successful bank transaction sent by a client who had not been paying his bills.
Six members of our SMRT service team fake their maintenance report, which led to massive flooding in the train tunnel.
An academic researcher was recently sanctioned for faking data in her dissertation.
Besides the current frequent occurrence of fake news, people are faking it from fake professional credentials to fake performance assessments to fake public appeals to fake printed receipts and more.
There seems to be no shame, no guilt and no remorse in faking it.
Are we living in a modern society where large portion of people now have no qualms about faking it? Is faking it the new normal?
Jesus has one word for such “fake it” people. He calls them, “hypocrites.”
Hypocrite” comes from the Greek hupokrites, which refers to an actor who fake a character. Hypocrites are actors who pretend to be someone or something they are not and have no intention of becoming.
Jesus reserves the harshest words for such people. He called the scribes and Pharisees “hypocrites” not once or twice but seven times in Matthew chapter 23.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25).
“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” (Matthew 23:27).
They faked outward appearance of righteous acts with no regard for obedience from the heart. They fake it just so to be seen by others as spiritual and pious.
This may be one of the most subtle and dangerous sins. It has caused many believers as well as non-believers to stumble. It is reason why Jesus warned his disciples.
“Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy“ (Luke 12:1).
Hypocrisy is like the yeast that spreads subtly and pervasively until the whole dough is affected.
Let’s get real with the living God who desires “truth deep within the heart” (Psalm 51:6 NLV).
Don’t fake it. Don’t try to impress others. Don’t act like you are better than you really are. Don’t pretend to be somebody you are not.
Be real. Let there be no contradiction between our claim and our conduct.
For when people see the real, they don’t want to settle for the fake.
When people see the beauty of authenticity, they won’t want to fake it anymore.