“And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down at meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed before dinner. And the Lord said unto him,
Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe a mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgement and the love of God: these out ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.” Luke 11 v37-44 AKJV
Why do people choose to turn a blind eye to the examples set by many who profess Christianity (to be like Christ) today?
Could it be that the outside is kept lot cleaner than the inside? Have we again reached a place of loving recognition-“the uppermost seats in the place of worship” putting one another on pedestals only to challenge those who are desiring to be there as well. Do we give for gain of position and gain that position not really understanding true judgement and the love of God that should be passed on to others? Questions is how answers are sought for.
Lord, I thank you for the safety and shelter of your reach in what is right. I thank you for the balance you hold our world in today. I thank you for the freedom you have given each of us to decide on our own that we can follow you and that you will strengthen us in our portion of faith that you have already prepared for us.
I thank you for the blessing of my family. Amen