It's Easy To Judge a Hypocrite (Part 2)

Click here to read the intro to this true-life parable: It's Easy To Judge a Hypocrite (Part 1)

We have no record of the meeting between the fighter and the princess. I doubt it was very romantic though. Absence only makes the heart grow fonder in certain situations.

After the princess' kidnapping, her eyes were often wet and teary. Bitterness grew in her heart against the fighter, as it had in her father, the king's, heart. It seemed that the fighter was capable of bringing out the most powerful emotions possible in people,  either extreme love and loyalty, or extreme hatred and bitterness.
Not long passed before a religious celebration came to town. The princess felt like gagging when she looked out the window and saw the esteemed fighter dancing in front of the women in the street, nearly naked.
What a hypocrite! This man had done such evil to her in his personal life, but now he was acting like a lunatic for his God! He wasn’t righteous! Didn’t everyone know how selfish and pigheaded he was?!
When the fighter came into the palace, covered in sweat, the princess came up to him with fire in her eyes.
“How glorious you looked today!” she mock-praised. “Flinging yourself about like a naked mad-man -- the flirt in you just never misses a chance, does it?”
The fighter immediately lashed out in anger.
“God put me in place over your father!" he snapped. "He has been good to me, and I will serve Him!”
The princess stomped off, offended to the core. And she and the fighter never made up.
They remained in the same palace, separate, for the rest of their days.

Sad, sad story, huh? Why would I depress you with telling a tale like that?
Here’s the reason why.
In real life, the princess in the story was named Michal, and the fighter was named David. You can read their story in the Bible by clicking here. (It's easier to read the whole portion of Scripture in context instead of just pieces like that, but at least you get most of it there.)

And here’s the kicker. This isn’t the only story I can tell where honorable King David is the villain. Later, David would take another woman from her husband for his own reasons. You know… Bathsheba?
So obviously David, who was considered a righteous man in scripture, had some intense, carnal issues in his personal life. He seemed… horribly selfish at times. If I was Princess Michal, I would probably have problems respecting him, too. From her point of view, he was probably a no-good hypocrite, someone who sang wonderful things about God, but who was a murderous, adulterous, selfish person behind closed doors.
And you know… maybe she was right. Maybe David did have a problem with hypocrisy.
But that doesn’t mean that God didn’t love him. That didn’t mean that he wasn’t a righteous man. (Click here to read about the Biblical view of perfection, and why David was classified as perfect)
And… that didn’t mean that she was justified in disrespecting him.
Michal didn’t see the big picture. She only saw through her narrow-eyed perspective of hurt and pain. She reminds me of me. And, like me, she gravely misjudged somebody. She saw David as a bad person because he did bad things. She didn’t seem like God sees him, like an ordinary person who made bad decisions.

In contrast, how many people have misjudged Michal herself over the years? I’m sure most of you have heard about how she rebuked David for worshipping before the Lord. She’s painted as such a selfish creature in that story.
However, like I said about David, Michal wasn’t a bad person because she did bad things. She was an ordinary person who made bad decisions. 
The crucial difference between David and Michal was… David constantly went to the Lord and repented when he was convicted. He had a humble heart, and he admitted when he was being a hypocrite.
However… Michal? I don’t know about her personal life. I don’t know if she ever healed from her bitterness, or if she died that way, miserable.

Give grace to the hypocrites in your life, people. You very well might have issues of your own.
And you don't want to be the one that ends up misjudging a David.

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