Andy Pettitte: Another Christian Hypocrite

As a member of the Christian Hypocrite Hall of Fame (you see I became a member the very same day I was baptized), I want to extend my congratulations to Andy Pettitte for living a hypocrisy-free life until the age of 35.

I am convinced that the folks who pay no mind to “religion” because of the hypocrisy of “religious people” merely throw such sop to salve their unbelief, and thus aiding in the unrighteous suppression of the truth evident to us all.

I’ve heard these types of folks before vehemently decry disgraced ministers, it’s somewhat more striking to hear such unrighteous indignation in Spanish (“Haber, pos no que no muy Cristiano?”).

Andy Pettitte (a devout Christian) was cited in the Mitchell Report as having used human growth hormone and recently owned up to using the banned substance (though at the time he used it hadn’t been banned yet by MLB). HGH is illegal unless prescribed by a doctor.

Should he have used it? Of course not, for it gave him an unfair advantage in his recovery from injury. Whatever spiritual retribution Mr. Pettitte may or may not deserve I believe, is God’s business and not ours, He is after all the Only One capable of judging.

As for legal consequences, can we not trust the earthly authorities?

The backlash against Pettitte started shortly after the report came out, for examples click here and here.

Strangely enough such reactions are the strongest when a Christian gives in to some temptation, imagine that. It must be because Christians are the only ones who are guilty of hypocrisy on a daily basis.

Of course, these arbiters of public justice conveniently forget the fact that the sin they take Pettitte to task for (hypocrisy) they also commit, but you see it’s OK in their case because they’re not Christians or perhaps don’t believe in sin.

Hypocrisy indeed…

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7 Responses to Andy Pettitte: Another Christian Hypocrite

  1. j razz says:

    Laz,

    What would be your thoughts on driving this point home (in love mind you) when in talks with those who embody this mode of thinking?

    j razz

  2. Laz says:

    J,
    Not sure, but sharing the Gospel is a good starting point, for the message is the great equalizer.

    That some view it as some sort of self-righteousness on our part (I did), that’s out of our control (so long as we don’t besmirch God’s grace), and brings us back to the issue at the bottom of all this,

    But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

  3. chris young says:

    The reason there is such a backlash when a christian gives in to temptation is because so many of them go around with such smug pride in their convictions. Their attitude says I’m saved, you are not, therefore I am better than you. People hate a show off. even Jesus. What happened to going to your closet to pray? What happened to rich men having a hard time getting into heaven, selling your possesions and giving the money to the poor? Now we have the gospel of prosperity that directly conflicts with the gospel. We have show off christians shouting how holy they are in the streets. That is why people who really understand the truth dislike these people.

    You can have your fantasy world where god cares about each one of us and the world is 4000 years old. The deity shows everyday that it really does not go out of its way to help or hinder us.

  4. Laz says:

    Chris, thank you for your input.

    Your comment shows an endemic misrepresentation of Christianity by the very same folks I mention in the post. A misrepresentation which is held by folks who indulge in demolishing straw men instead of dealing with reality.

    Their attitude says I’m saved, you are not, therefore I am better than you.

    Christians have no grounds to boast of their salvation. How can we boast of something which we were given and didn’t earn? Given, mind you, not on the basis of any merit or any good inherent in us (for ALL have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God) but given based on God’s mercy.

    I beseech you that if you encounter a Christian who says otherwise (and does boast of his salvation) that you remind him of what God says regarding the subject.

    We have show off christians shouting how holy they are in the streets.

    A specific example would be appreciated…

    As for your last paragraph, I was living in a fantasy world prior to being granted eyes to see God’s love, justice and mercy in the person of Jesus Christ. I’m sorry if you, at the present time, do not see this though you will be included in my prayers.

    Thanks for checking in.

  5. Neil Aquino says:

    I’m not aware that Mr. Pettite has taken any part in politics, so I don’t know that he can be seen as someone who has preached to others in high-minded fashion that his actions do not back up. He is allowed to be a flawed human being if he is telling the truth about just using these substances two times and not long-term flagrent use.

    Pastor Ted on the other hand, could be called a hypocrite because he preached things in public that he did not live up to.

  6. Bill Brady says:

    I think when you see the leaders(tv folk) that are not a real leader in the christiaan community preaching hate that is where the bad taste and higher standard is applied. There is no doubt in my mind that 99% of the christians in this country are fine people that want to live a decent life. I think these false idols of the church are what has damaged christianity, the preist stories dont help. the god hates fags people dont help, the small children holding up pictures in front of abortion clinics does not help. the scandels and corruption you see with the tv preachers dont help. You have billy gramn who was a always consistant and few others that talk about the loving thy neighbor etc.. Then you have the media who wants to put everyone against everyone getting back to wedge issues and extremism on both sides. its a touch world out there unfortunetly the message of peace and love is often taken out of context like books in the bible and used to one groups advantage.

  7. Cody says:

    When someone does something wrong, I don’t think of their religion at all. Same as when someone does something good. Good actions and bad actions don’t rely on your religion. You could be an atheist and give all your money to charity just as easily as you could be a Christian and take drugs for an unfair advantage in sports.

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