It seems to me that the reverse is more appropriate… that is to say “the hypocrite is closer to you” ….then God. Either way, though, the net message is the same. It would seem, too, that this “quote” would apply to just about anything? When one uses the word hypocrite… are they really talking about some form of evil… more precisely… satan? Sure they are.
I think the biggest hypocrites are those in “high-government-office.” I think POWER and HYPOCRITS go together… they’re in bed together. It makes “no difference” rather it be the church, the military, government, the school system; even the public safety departments… POWER is the enemy.
Our elected and appointed officials seriously…ABUSE their POWER. Wait…I don’t want to get off the real subject. In the normal sense of the word…to be a hypocrite is to hold other people to higher standard, generally morally…then they hold themselves. Just observe the current presidential election as a prime example of the “abuse of power.”
Sometimes, even… to point of enforcing unfair legislation. The POWER-of-the-COMMON-man is being eroded every day. Soon, voting will no-longer be required. The POWER-STRUCTURE… will simply reappoint each other…thereby… perpetuating their own POWER.
At least, as of today…we, the people, still have the POWER to VOTE-the-RASCALS-OUT. Some think that “term-limits” will solve our problems. But THINK for a moment… don’t we already have TERM-LIMITS? Sure we do… It is called… VOTING? If you are of the opinion that a “certain someone” has been in office too long, or is abusing their office….can’t we, as the voting public… That would be you…and me… just VOTE the “rascal” OUT?
We, the people… can legislate our own term-limits. We don’t need permission from an in-effective congress. W-A-K-E-UP… Vote the rascal out!
Zechariah 11:17 – “Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!” Ultimately, God will take care of those who abuse His children.