The comment  was short and sweet.  It said only, “I hate hypocrites.”  My first thought was that it was probably directed to people on the right, the religious type, people who say they believe one thing and act in another way. That seems to be the only time you hear folks calling others “hypocrites.”  Like when a priest molests a juvenile.  Like when a Christian embezzles money.  Or when Ted Haggard  confesses to homosexual wanderings.   Which, of course, got me to wondering.  Why are only religious people accused of being hypocrites?

The answer is immediately obvious.  Religious folks proclaim a moral code that they are supposed to adhere to and live by.  Being human, inevitably they stray.  They may, most of the time, live according to that code but when they fail they immediately become hypocrites and are fair game for lefties.  Actually, they hardly have a chance.  Sooner or later they will become angry and strike out, or keep the wallet and the money they found, or have  too many drinks.  The minute they veer from true north, whether east or west, or God forbid, full south –they are hypocrites!

Folks on the left have no such problem, because they have no such code.  They have no Ten Commandments, no Sermon on the Mount, no Golden Rule.  Their “code” rests on shifting sand, depending on what they can get away with, what their friends are doing, what feels good or floats their boat.

When you get right down to it,  there are only two types of people – those who have a God and those who don’t. You’ll find your hypocrites among the God people.  You can’t be a hypocrite if you have nothing to live up to.


A wise man’s heart inclines him toward the right, but a fool’s heart toward the left. — Ecclesiastes 10:2