Thank God I’m Not Like These Losers

Posted: August 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

Thank God I’m not like these losers

Well that’s harsh but sadly, though they may not voice it, many self-professing Christians feel this way about unbelievers. We seem to pass through a wormhole that erases our pre-Jesus memory.

We not only forget that we are (STILL) sinners, we want to forget we were ever unbelievers. Suddenly we are too holy to associate with filthy sinners. We are quick to judge their actions while we judge ourselves by our intentions.

History repeats itself

This self-righteous behavior is nothing new. Jesus dealt with this situation when he walked among us. He was quick to point out this sinful behavior and even told of dire consequences that awaited those with this line of thought. Let’s check the Good Book.

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

(Luke 18:9-14)

Status update

This could have been ripped from any number of Facebook statuses today. I have seen many people who claim Christ put down and judge unbelievers. They bash lifestyles and I’ve even read some that said they could not wait until these people burn in hell.

What stinks?

The Pharisees were all about appearances. They worried about how people perceived them. They dressed the part externally but internally were rotting corpses. At least that’s what Jesus called these self exalted posers.

Jesus saw right through them to their hearts.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

(Matthew 23:26-27)

Ouch

What a terrible, yet accurate, assessment of these men. They put so much effort into looking good and it was all for nothing. They made their fellow man their standard, not the Son of Man.

Obey the Pharisees

What did Jesus just say? Obey these people he just called rotting corpses? This can’t be right. Let’s investigate.

“So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. BUT,” (and it’s a big BUT), “do not do what do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

(Matthew 23:3)

Does this robe make my butt look holy?

A lot of Christians today dress nice and say all the right things when in public but behave completely different when behind closed doors or their keyboard. Jesus had a scathing review of the Pharisees for this same behavior. I’m sure his opinion has not changed.

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long, they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues.”

(Matthew 23:5-6)

They dressed the part, but inside were black, maggot infested, rotting dead flesh.

Scripture minute:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!

You clean the outside of the cup and dish,

but inside they are full of greed and indulgence.

Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

(Matthew 23:26)

   Don’t drink from a dirty cup

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