The Pharisitical Heart

Last spring I was standing outside my childrens’ school waiting to pick them up.  My wife couldn’t get them, so I had rearranged my work schedule to do so.

Standing with other men, I found myself making the most unfortunate assumption.  As I panned my view across the other dads waiting to pick up their children, I found myself categorizing.  I assumed the white men had jobs where work schedules could be rearranged, while the black men had no jobs at all.

When I caught myself making such assumptions, I was embarrassed to know such evil racisim existed within my heart. 

The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day were oppressively judgmental.  They proudly looked down on everyone who was not a part of their elite system.  Their evaluation of others, like every other aspect of their hypocritical system, was based on appearances, on the external and superficial.

You don’t have to go far to find today’s Pharisees.  In many ways we see them every day in the mirror.

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~ by Dave Smith on March 29, 2009.

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