You hear people say from time to time that the problem with the church is that it’s full of hypocrites.
It’s quite true, of course. None of us lives completely consistently with what we believe.
Which is what makes the jibe so painful. We want our friends to follow Jesus. There’s nothing wrong with him. We don’t want them to be put off because his church is full of less than perfect specimens. So it hurts when we are part of the problem.
And it’s tempting to make one of two false moves.