Holier than thou!

The-Pharisees-Question-Jesus-300x216Mark 2:15-17 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


I love this passage of scripture because it depicts the reason Jesus came to earth, died on the cross, was buried and raised on the third day. He came to seek and save that which was lost, not to judge or condemn the world.

However, we see the religious leaders of Jesus’ day turned their noses up at the compassion of Christ because they felt “those sinners” should come up to their level.  Sadly, I see somethings haven’t changed.

Religious people have taken on a holier than thou stance when it comes to anyone that does not fit the mode of what they consider acceptable in their eyes. A far cry from the eyes of Jesus who took in the down and outcast.

Religious folks today tend to have a bad case of amnesia for they have forgotten the condition from which they came from. Just because you’ve made it and Christ has cleaned you up doesn’t mean you are to rest in your new standing. We as Christians are to seek and save the lost by venturing were the lost are; in the trenches where we were.

Granted, we must be wise seeking and saving the lost as we step into the trenches. However, I am focusing on the heart and indifference towards the lost that many religious folks embrace. They are often judgemental, prideful, critical and unforgiving. To be frank, often times the very same attitudes are shown towards believers.

Jesus said in John 13:35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

How is your walk with Christ? If the camera of life were to play back the foot steps of your life, would your replay look like that of Jesus or that of a judgmental holier than thou Pharisee?

My brothers and sisters, I am asking you including myself to remove the scales from our eyes; open our hearts and eyes to the higher calling of Christ which commissioned us to make disciples of all nations; yes all nations and people regardless of their race, color, creed, sexual orientation or lack there of.

If we simply love people as they are and realize that it is the spirit of Christ that will bring about the change just as the spirit of Christ changed us, we can make a difference that will turn the world upside down!

I am so thankful that a young woman by the name of PK Vue Robison saw pass my imperfections and shared the gospel of Christ with me 19 years ago. Her boldness and love for Christ saved my life! The least I could do was imitate her as she imitated Christ.

Today, make a difference in the live of someone just like you prior to your conversion to Jesus. Give someone that chance today by having a heart of no condemnation, love and the saving grace of Jesus Christ. To God be the glory, amen.

** If you are in need of prayer (Ephesians 6:18), please click “Prayer Request.”  I would love to pray for you. Please remain secure in the promise that all prayer request are kept confidential. I also ask that you think of others whom you can share this message with.

May God continue to keep and bless you always.

Lionel Sneed

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7 thoughts on “Holier than thou!

  1. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Thanks be to Jesus for giving the perfect sacrifice – Himself. Thank you for your words, Lionel. We are a people who need constant reminders.

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