apathy, complacency, ethical and moral standards, façade of Christianity, fakes-phonies-frauds, hold accountable, hypocrites, Plastic People/Plastic Christians, slanderers, swindlers, users and takers
…what I wrote you was not to associate with anyone who is supposedly a brother but who also engages in sexual immorality, is greedy, worships idols, is abusive, gets drunk or steals. With such a person you shouldn’t even eat! For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Isn’t it those who are part of the community that you should be judging? God will judge those who are outside. Just expel the evildoer from among yourselves. ~ 1 Corinthians 5:11-13, CJB
It just blows my mind how so many people who say that they are believers in Christ Jesus are nothing more than “Plastic People”—a term from my 1960s-1970s years that describes pretentious (phony, fake) people who are too self-absorbed in themselves to care about anyone or anything else. That’s why it is easy for past and present “Plastic People” to first tell somebody one story and then tell someone else something different, which either is specifically about the first person or about some discussion they had with the first person that these “Plastic People” are now lying about totally, or partially.
Additionally, in the 1960s-1970s, it was understood that where achieving their goals of wealth, celebrity status (popularity), power, material possessions, and so on, were concerned, “Plastic People” would not shy away from doing anything, including using their relatives, close friends, and acquaintances, all while wearing a smile on their faces. In essence, “Plastic People” were and still are the users, takers, and slanderers in this world. What is even sadder, many contemporary “Plastic People” also are masquerading as “true” Christians—as “genuine” believers in Christ Jesus.
The Divine Truth is that believers in the Body of Christ are not supposed to be “Plastic People”—they are not supposed to be Plastic Christians whose ethical and moral standards are contrary to the faith they defend. However, because they only are clothed in a façade of Christianity, they have no other recourse but to behave like the hypocrites (fakes, phonies, frauds) they are.
In other words, “Plastic People” who also are Plastic Christians only wear masks: masks of godly love, peace, compassion, grace, forgiveness, kindness, and discipline. As a result, instead of coming off as being Christ-like, they come off as being Christians in name only. The reason why this last statement is so true is because “Plastic People” who also are Plastic Christians deny the supernatural godly power it takes to truly be the God kind of loving, peaceable, altruistic, gracious, forgiving, kind, and disciplined believers they should be.
The sad truth is that so many of the present-day institutional “church’s” “Plastic People/Plastic Christians” keep on doing what they are doing, simply because hardly anyone holds them accountable for their ungodly behaviors. Furthermore, because too many believers are merely churchgoers whose high levels of complacency and apathy prevent them from taking a stand for the God kind of righteous and holy living, today’s “Plastic People/Plastic Christians” continue to fill rows and rows of pews in plenty “churches”!