Meaningful Moments on a Monday with and Beyond the Memes of the Moment
70 C.E.


Woes to pharisees

Matthew 23:27-28: "Woe to you, [** religious leaders ** ] hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which on the outside look beautiful, but inside they are full of the bones of the dead and of all kinds of filth. So you also on the outside look righteous to others, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."

I omitted the specific addresses, "scribes and Pharisees,," but add them here.

Too often we see that and envision "them."

"That's not us; that is them."

But don't forget, those were Jesus' people - the folks with whom He was most likely to identify. He was more of a Pharisee by tradition than any other religious type .

Yet, what He criticized was a universal tendency of religious power-brokers to obscure the core teachings of the faith for personal gain, power, and self-aggrandizement.

For that reason, I made the quote more generic.

But to be faithful to text and context, I am disclosing the omitted words so you can add them in with understanding.

There is no intrinsic evil in religious leadership - but the danger of abuse of that leadership is ever-present and the "woes" are formidable.

Our efforts must be to make sure we are not they or them and that we do not abuse actual or perceived power with religion as our weapon of choice.