“Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites” (Mark 7:6).
Hypocrisy literally means “to act.” A hypocrite is a pretender; they pretend to be something they are not. Most often this is associated with the person who pretends to be better than they really are. However, in a culture that glamorizes sin, another form of hypocrisy has arisen. This is found among those who pretend to be worse than they really are. For these the issue isn’t one of being “holier-than-thou” but “worldlier-than-thou.” God’s grace is abused in the hope of being seen as worldly and progressive. Whether one chooses to live in the light or the dark, the greater display of integrity is evidenced in just being who you are.