Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Living Spiritual Rhythms - June 7

Indictments of the supposed guardians of orthodoxy proliferate throughout the biblical text. Prophets are continually ‘speaking’ God’s word to a faithless people who set aside God’s ways for their own benefit. Jesus is even more to the point with his sarcastic irony towards the religious elite concerning the pretense of washing hands to be clean. The assumed orthodoxy, in his day, called for ceremonial washing before eating. Jesus says this is an absurd charade because what really counts is a clean heart. Those today that wave the banner of “we’re orthodox and you’re not,” need to seriously consider the condition of their hearts, rather than inspecting the hands of everyone else.