Pharisaism always seems to show up whenever righteousness is pursued in any form, at any level… This is the gospel for those courageous enough to tear off their masks of adequacy and self-righteousness and get on with a life of gratitude and love for others. This is the Pharisee recovery group of which I speak, and these are the stops that will lead us out.
We realize/admit that our single most unmitigated pleasure is to judge other people.
Why do we like judging so much? The act of judging gives us a subjective means of affirming ourselves. No matter what I’ve done or how bad I am, I can always comfort myself by finding someone out there who is “worse” than I am. Even after hearing about God’s mercy, I still err by choosing mercy for me and justice for everyone else.
I can’t have it both ways. If I judge even one person, I announce that judgment is the basis upon which I want everyone evaluated—myself included.
Faithfulness allows for failure; perfection does not.Luke 18:11-12; Mark 7:1, 9; Matt 23:13, 23; Rom 5:20; Mark 2:17; 2 Pet 3:7-9