Originally the word ‘hypocrite’ was a term used to describe an actor because they hid behind a mask and pretended to be something they were not.
The word ‘Hypocrisy’ comes from two Greek words, ‘hypo’ meaning ‘under’, and ‘krisis’ (crisis) meaning ‘decision’.
A crisis today means, “A time of intense difficulty or danger”, but it’s original meaning was “A turning point in the course of a disease”. This turning point was the moment where one of the two variables for the disease (i.e. you get better, or you get worse) was cut off hence the meaning ‘de-cision’. The word incision means to cut into - therefore giving two halves. The word ‘Decision’ means a removal of one of the options.
Actors used to hide behind masks when playing their roles. They would act a certain way so that others would believe them to be something which in real life they are not.
You are an actor in real life. People naturally come to a decision about you based on the role that you play.
By our actions, we cause people to be ‘under decision’. They will end up believing something about us. Whether it be true or false doesn’t matter, they will believe what they perceive.
John Maxwell says, “A man who calls himself a leader, but has nobody following him, is just a man out taking a walk.” A good leader therefore is one who is leading people. The title we may have of ‘Leader’ is ultimately given to us by those following us.
What will they say about you?