We often hear people using phrases like practice what you preach, walk the walk, and talk the talk. More often than not, these same people don’t adhere to the practice, walk, or talk they are preaching.

This is a common trait shared by ALL members of the human race. Lets face it, weather we like it or not, each and every one of us is a hypocrite to one degree or another.

OK, so, what is my point? (I’m getting to it).

So what makes one person less of a hypocrite than the other? Well, first and foremost, you have to be able to identify and admit when you are being hypocritical. Second, after admitting this fact, you must strive to do less preaching and more doing. This is how one leads by example.

Now that I have established how one can be less of a hypocrite, I can move on to my main point…

Before going forward, I have to make an assumption…this assumption being that many people are sick and tired of being told what and how to think by those that have a record of demonstrating major hypocrisy.

More often than not, these major demonstrators of hypocrisy come in the form of organizations (since they hold considerable power or influence over the masses) and they all share a common trait. They can all be held accountable for their actions. However, they rarely are. The moment they are asked to account, they hide behind their laws or doctrines and by doing so further demonstrate their affinity for being hypocrites.

So what can we do about it? Well for starters, we can simply stop listening to them. Why should we believe in what they have to say? They don’t even believe in what they say. If they did, they would lead by example.

Now I’m going to be blunt.

I was raised a Catholic. Over the years, I opened my eyes and realized that the leaders of the Catholic Church are not leading by example. Don’t get me wrong, the members are not the problem, the leadership is the problem.

Those that are in a position of leadership that wield influence over the followers of Jesus Christ should be able to live by the example that Jesus set. They should not let their influence over others (power) guide their actions.

How can they fix this! Simple, they can re-evaluate their actions, learn from it, and move on in a less hypocritical way.

The resignation of a Catholic Pope is unheard of in recent history. (Here is a link to a story that sheds some light on some of the issues currently plaguing the Catholic Church).

I also have to ask…what are the chances of a lightning bolt striking St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, within hours of the announcement that the Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI would resign? The first Pope to do so since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

I believe the lightning strike was a message…

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