Scripture: Matthew 23:1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.”
Observation: Jesus was gentle and sympathetic to those on the margins of society – the sick, the lame, the poor, the widow and orphan. However, he was quite confrontational with religious leaders as in this passage. Here he’s calling them out publicly for their hypocrisy. They teach one thing, but do another.
Application: One of the most common complaints about Christians is our alleged hypocrisy. We say one thing and do another. And if I’m honest, this is more true of me than I’d care to admit. One area where this has become obvious to me lately is related to the current presidential election cycle. I find myself obsessing over primary election results, mostly out of fear and anxiety. I think, “Oh my goodness, what if I’m left to choose between “Bad” and “Worse” for POTUS?” Yet this morning I realize that I know better than this. Our Lord Jesus is still on the throne. God the Father remains ruler of all things. And the Holy Spirit continues to change hearts and draw people to himself. Rather than stressing out, my faith calls me to pray. Prayer moves mountains. Prayer brings peace to my heart. Presidents come and go, but our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Thanks be to God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, no matter what happens in this election, we need not worry for you are always with us. Give us grace to practice what we preach, trusting in you for all things. We ask this in your precious name. Amen.