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Hypocrisy Illustrations

  • A Sermon Walking

    train stationReporters and city officials gathered at a Chicago railroad station one afternoon in 1953. The person they were meeting was the 1952 Nobel Peace Prize winner. A few minutes after the train came to a stop, a giant of a man - six feet four inches - with bushy hair and a large mustache stepped from the train. Cameras flashed. City officials approached him with hands outstretched. Various people began telling him how honored they were to meet him.

    The man politely thanked them and then, looking over their heads, asked if he could be excused for a moment. He quickly walked through the crowd until he reached the side of an elderly black woman who was struggling with two large suitcases. He picked up the bags and with a smile, escorted the woman to a bus. After helping her aboard, he wished her a safe journey. As he returned to the greeting party he apologized, "Sorry to have kept you waiting."

    The man was Dr. Albert Schweitzer, the famous missionary doctor who had spent his life helping the poor in Africa. In response to Schweitzer's action, one member of the reception committee said with great admiration to the reporter standing next to him, "That's the first time I ever saw a sermon walking."

    - Author Unknown

  • Answered Prayer #2

    prayer2A voyaging ship was wrecked during a storm at sea and only two of the men on it were able to swim to a small, desert like island. The two survivors, not knowing what else to do, agreed that they had no other recourse but to pray to God.

    However, to find out whose prayer was more powerful, they agreed to divide the territory between them and stay on opposite sides of the island.

    The first thing they prayed for was food. The next morning, the first man saw a fruit-bearing tree on his side of the land, and he was able to eat its fruit. The other man's parcel of land remained barren.

  • Car Accident Honesty

    parking lot2A man was trying to pull out of a parking place but bashed the bumper of the parked car in front of him.

    Witnessed by a handful of pedestrians waiting for a bus, the driver got out, inspected the damage, and proceeded to write a note to leave on the windshield of the car he had hit.

    The note read:

    "Hello. I have just hit your car, and there are some people here watching me who think that I am writing this note to leave you my name, phone number, and driver's license number, but I am not."

  • Choose Christ Today

    hospital bedThe priest was preparing a man for his long day's journey into night. Whispering firmly, the priest said, "Denounce the devil! Let him know how little you think of his evil!"

    The dying man said nothing.

    The priest repeated his order. Still the dying man said nothing.

    The priest asked, "Why do you refuse to denounce the devil and his evil?"

    The dying man said, "Until I know where I'm heading, I don't think I ought to aggravate anybody."

  • Conversational Prayer

    book1In line at the bookstore, I couldn't help noticing the two bestsellers the person in front of me was prepared to purchase:

    "Conversations With God" and "How to Argue and Win Every Time."

  • Fibs, Truth, Honor

    personCommon, Everyday Fibs

    * The check is in the mail.

    * I'll start my diet tomorrow.

    * We service what we sell.

    * Give me your number and the doctor will call you right back.

    * Money cheerfully refunded.

    * One size fits all.

  • Hypocritical Complaints

    pig upcloseFrank visited a farmer to talk to him about Christ. "I wouldn't come to church up there," the farmer said. "I know old Bill who claims to be a Christian and his sister Clara who claims to be a Christian and they don't live any differently from me. I'm as good as they are."

    Everywhere the farmer went he was in the habit of talking about the hypocrites he knew in that Church. Months passed and Frank went to see the farmer again. "I want to buy a hog", he said. The farmer showed all his best hogs to him. Then they came to the runt. "I believe I will take that one," Frank said.

  • Integrity

    tax returnThe owner of a small deli was being questioned by the IRS about his tax return. He had reported a net profit of $80,000 for the year.

    "Why don't you people leave me alone?" the deli owner said. "I work like a dog, everyone in my family helps out, and the place is closed only three days a year. And you want to know how I made $80,000?"

    "It's not your income that bothers us," the agent said. "It's these deductions. You listed six trips to Bermuda for you and your wife."

    "Oh, that," the owner said, smiling. "I forgot to tell you - we also deliver."

  • Integrity #2

    failure targetA male pastor walked into a neighborhood pub to use the restroom. The place was hopping with music and dancing, until people saw the pastor. As the room quieted down he walked up to the bartender, and asked, "May I please use the restroom?"

    The bartender replied, "I really don't think you should."

    "Why not?" the pastor asked. "I really need to use a restroom!"

    "Well, I don't think you should. There is a statue of a naked woman in there — and she's only covered by a fig leaf!"

    "Nonsense," said the pastor, "I'll look the other way!"

  • Legalism 3

    jewish scrollA Rabbi was walking home from the Temple and saw one of his good friends, a pious and learned man who could usually beat the rabbi in religious arguments.

    The rabbi started walking faster so that he could catch up to his friend, when he was horrified to see his friend go into a non kosher Chinese restaurant. Standing at the door, he observed his friend talking to a waiter and gesturing at a menu. A short time later, the waiter reappeared carrying a platter full of spare ribs, shrimp in lobster sauce, crab rangoon and other treif that the Rabbi could not bear to think about.

  • Perfection

    traffic cameraAn off-duty police officer, familiar with radar guns, drove through a school zone within the legal speed limit when the flash of a camera went off, taking a picture of his license plate. The officer, thinking the radar was in error, drove by again; even more slowly. Another flash. He did it again for a third time, at an even slower speed. Same result.

    "This guy must have mixed up the settings," the off-duty officer thought.

    A few weeks later, when he received the violations in the mail, he discovered three traffic tickets: each for not wearing a seat belt!

  • Self-Righteousness

    Self-righteousnessTwo elderly, excited Southern women were sitting together in the front pew of the church listening to a fiery preacher.

    When this preacher condemned the sin of stealing, these two ladies cried out, "Amen, Brother!"

    When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, they yelled again, "You preach it, Reverend!"

  • The Devil's Beatitudes

    crowdIf the devil were to write his beatitudes, they would probably go something like this:

    1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend an hour once a week with their fellow Christians - they save me the effort of trying to keep them from God's blessings.

    2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked - its pretty easy to keep them from working for God.

    3. Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church - they are my missionaries.

    4. Blessed are the trouble makers - they shall be called my children.

    5. Blessed are the complainers - I'm all ears for them.

    6. Blessed are those who are bored with the minister's mannerisms and mistakes - for they get nothing out of his sermons.

    7. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church - for he is a part of the problem instead of the solution.

    8. Blessed are those who gossip - for they shall cause strife and division - that pleases me.

    9. Blessed are those who are easily offended - for they will soon get angry and quit.

    10. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God's work - for they are my helpers.

    11. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister - for they shall be with me forever.

  • True Prayer

    child and dadA man had a habit of grumbling at the food his wife placed before him at family meals. Then he would ask the blessing. One day after his usual combination complaint-prayer, his little girl asked, "Daddy, does God hear us when we pray?"

    "Why, of course," he replied. "He hears us every time we pray."

    She thought about this a moment, then asked, "Does he hear what we say when we're not praying too?"

  • When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

    Children are always watching the adults around them.A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

    When you thought I wasn't looking,
    I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
    and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

    When you thought I wasn't looking,
    I saw you feed a stray cat,
    and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.