Monday, January 4, 2010

Thou Shalt Offend Pharisees...

Mark Batterson posted these thoughts recently. I felt Mark's words were worth repeating.

I have a mantra:
Thou shalt offend pharisees.

Isn't that the example Jesus set? He didn't have the time of day for
self-righteousness. Seems like he hated nothing more. The Pharisees turned everything into an argument. They found something wrong with everything... even miracles. And they were all about image. They looked totally righteous on the outside. They said the right things. They did the right things. But Jesus called them whitewashed tombs.

Abraham Lincoln said, "
You can please all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can't please all the people all the time."

So good. So true.

So here's the question:
"Who are you offending?"

Most of us are far more concerned about
offending pharisees than offending sinners. But is that the example Jesus set? He didn't offend prostitutes or tax collectors. He shared meals with them. He restored their dignity. But he wasn't afraid to call a pharisee a pharisee.

Having said that let me say this: Make sure you have people in your lives that can
speak the truth in love. You need accountability. Why? Because no one is above reproach or above rebuke. So make sure you listen to the voice of the prophet. But don't listen to the self-righteousness pharisee. Don't dialogue with them. Don't listen to them. Don't give them the time of day. Why? Because Jesus didn't.