I’m the Biggest Hypocrite in the Church and Here’s Why

by Kevin on February 22, 2011

Cowboy Church is all about removing barriers that keep people out of church. Things like passin’ the offerin’ plate, fancy carpet, and super pretty organ music that nobody really listens to in their truck. But the biggest thing that keeps people out of church is this:

There are too many hypocrites!

One definition that I found said this, “A person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives.”

If this is the case, then I need to confess that I am the biggest hypocrite that church has ever seen. Put a smile on your face and take a deep breath as I list 10 hypocritical things I do in church.

  1. I have said that a baby was cute and adorable when I really think they all look like a poor rendition of a play-doh monkey.
  2. Sometimes I don’t want to hear Amazing Grace or Holy, Holy, Holy even though I smile and sing along. I want to hear Sweet Home Alabama, You Shook Me All Night Long, and This Cowboy’s Hat by Chris LeDoux. These make me happy and joyful.
  3. I smile and keep preaching even though I want to stop and throw my boot at people that are talkin’ louder than I am.
  4. I brag on the casserole that I wouldn’t feed my dog.
  5. I’ve wanted to call on Mr. or Mrs. Holier Than Thou and ask them to read that day’s scripture even though they have never brought a bible to church.
  6. I have actually said that I don’t mind cleaning the bathrooms, takin’ the trash out, makin’ the coffee every morning, pickin’ up coffee cups, cleanin’ up spills, and askin’ my wife to do the same.
  7. I have prayed for people that hate each other, when in fact I thought it would be better if they just beat the crap out of each other and got it out of their system.
  8. I have prayed for someone that I didn’t like even though I just wanted to beat the crap out them and get it out of MY system.
  9. I have printed something out on the church computer that was for personal use.
  10. Last, but not least, I have wanted to stay home just one Sunday and use some of the same excuses I (and every other pastor) hear week after week. But I don’t.

If someone says that they don’t go to church because of hypocrites, that’s the same as sayin’ they don’t go to the doctor because there’s always sick people there.

Church members, attenders, or anyone else, aren’t there because they are perfect, they are there because they realize they’re not.

Have you ever been a hypocrite at church?

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  • Jeremy Deal

    I’d be the first to admit that I’ve been a hypocrite at church and outside of church. Sometimes you really don’t know it until someone gives you a reality check and tells you that your being one. Thank you for these past couple blogs. I hope it hits hard for those to look at things in there life and make it right. Especially me, it’s always ongoing.

    • Kevin

      Hypocrites will always be in the church, as well as the courthouse, the restaurant, the barber shop, and the feed store. The difference is, a hypocrite in church is liable to figure out what’s going wrong and the hypocrite at the feed store is just going to keep on.

      There really are some big hypocrites in the church. We’ve all seen them, but if they are members of the body of Christ, then we as fellow members need to hold them accountable out of love. It’s not just the preacher’s responsibility. It’s the church’s responsibility to “spur each other on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).”

  • Don Coyote

    Poor rendition of a play-doh monkey….I ain’t bringin’ coffee to yer campfire agin’…it just seems ta end up on the wall a my office….

    Yeah, I gotta fess up. Left my cowboy hat and Copenhagen out in the truck once…

    • Kevin

      Shame shame shame. lol

  • Well that’s what Grace is for. At least you are consistent where it really matters in things like forgiving others and loving Jesus!

    • Kevin

      If we were perfect, we wouldn’t need Christ’s forgiveness. If we were always happy, we wouldn’t need Jesus’ joy. If we weren’t fallible, we wouldn’t need God’s infallibility. If we weren’t sick, we wouldn’t need his healing.

      • Don Coyote


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  • I tip my hat not only to the Most-High but also to His ground-personnel, if they are as sincere and straightforward as you have been especially in this article. The church needs more like this. It prevents from itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3).

    • Kevin

      Thanks Jeanette. For those that don’t know, Jeanette translates all of the Campfire Cowboy Ministries articles into German and shares them on her blog. What an awesome ministry she has and I thank God for allowing her to use her talents for his glory!! Check her out at: http://ccm-deutsch.blogspot.com/

  • Heather

    There is a reason that Pecos County Cowboy Church was the only church I ever attended twice. -I felt, always, that for once I wasn’t the ONLY human in the building. Even now, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, I still think of it as my church home… I suspect I always will. (But I will pray for a closer commute)

    • Kevin

      Good grief Heather!! You’re gonna make this old cowboy get a lump in his throat. You’ve already got me referring to myself in the third person.

  • I am married to a man who was a pastor and was never as happy as I was when he stepped down, for one hypocritical reason. To get us out of the fishbowl. So from one hypocrite to another, keep up the good work, and God bless you and your wife.

    • Kevin

      I definitely know the fishbowl. I appreciate your honesty and I wish it were different, but its not. Now I know who to call and vent to. I bet y’all would understand.

  • Chris

    Man…as a preacher, one who is called to be the one up front proclaiming God’s word, this is a troubling thing, really. I’m normally the music guy, but once in a while, they ask me to preach, and I just found out I’m preaching in two weeks on…nothing big…just JESUS. I want to say things like about how we need to value Jesus above every other thing, and about how we should do that not out of obligation, but because He’s worth it. But of course, that leads to conversations with myself.

    Me: “Maybe I can say some convicting things that will shake people out of apathy and stir them up to love Jesus more.”
    Myself: “Yeah, that would be great, but there’s a problem.”
    I: “Really, what’s that?”
    Yours Truly: “YOU don’t always put Jesus above everything else.”
    Your Humble Servant: “Oh yeah. Dang.”

    It’s a tricky balance, pointing people to Truth, to a better way, and doing that with authority, but also in the humility of acknowledging that you don’t always toe the line yourself. To be honest, I’m glad I’m not the pastor!

    • Kevin

      You know, being a pastor is the greatest thing in the world, but it’s also the hardest thing I’ve ever done. When we reach a point that we can’t identify with the thoughts and feelings of the people we are lead to shepherd, then we have lost the ability to reach them.

      Preachers are just men, held to a higher standard than everyone else, and isn’t that enough pressure alone? After all the truth about Christ and seeking the truth of God and passing it along, we have folks that come up and say, “Well, I’m not coming here anymore because Joe Willie Williams dropped the F-bomb the other day and he’s a hypocrite.”

      The biggest hypocrites in the church are those that point out the other hypocrites. I thought that maybe by pointing out my own flaws and short comings, we could all laugh and get our focus back on what is most important–Jesus Christ and him crucified (in the words of Paul).

      • Chris

        Well said.

        And don’t get me wrong. That’s a great list, and I think that it was Martin Luther or C.S. Lewis that said something about laughing at our sins. We’re under Grace now, even though it came at a terrible price, but laughing at them robs Satan of the ability to beat us up with guilt… or something like that.

        • Kevin

          Laughter is the gift of God sent down to his kids to reveal the presence of his joy.

          • amy

            I really enjoyed this and it certainly made me feel “normal”…if that makes any sense.

            A play-doh monkey huh??? =)

            • Kevin

              Just new born babbies. They look squished to me (there’s a logical explanation for that).

  • Shirley Swinney

    Our preachers wife told me “It is better to go to church with a bunch of hypocrites, then to Hell with them. I agree totally!

    • Kevin

      I like that a lot Shirley!!

  • Scott McCausey

    Read the book, the Pursuit of the Holy by Simon Ponsonby. It is important to have our “God Filter” on and try the best we can to love Christ at all times.
    And for the Pastor, this is especially important and especially hard. As the leader, we need to lead a flock by example. So our hypicricy is even more in the limelight!
    Kevin, I can certainly relate on being in the right mindset on Sunday morning. Dang, this can be really hard. But…God is good!

    • Kevin

      Scott, my wife and I have been having this discussion for about two days. How should a Christian act? I think it’s when a Christian doesn’t act the exact way that another Christian thinks Christians should act, that suddenly the door opens for satan to enter.

      I think to avoid hypocrisy in our own lives, we should be sure that we have a deep, meaningful, intimately personal relationship with God and be sure and try to be a great example when around others. Love the Lord our God and love our neighbor.

      Thanks for stoppin in!!

  • Billy Williams

    yep, I guess I am a hippocrit too. I do some of those things cause I know no other way around it.Some of those things there is medication that you can take, usually makes it less noticeable, if you take a bunch. Well not to everyone else, just you.

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