I think about my own inconsistencies when I read Luke 14:1-6, and it scares me…
On a Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees. That particular day everyone was watching Jesus closely. There was a man there with swollen legs and arms. So Jesus asks the lawyers and pharisees, “Does the law say it’s all right for me to heal this man today?”
Do you know how the experts answered? By refusing to answer. The right answer, technically speaking (certainly according to the finer points of the law), was a resounding NO. But the big-time, spiritually mature,all-knowing religious guys wouldn’t say a word. I imagine them standing there like a deer in headlights.
Well, guess what Jesus did? He went ahead and healed the man. The man was sick. He needed healing. After all, the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.
After healing the man, Jesus turned to the religious leaders and asked a question: “Which of you doesn’t work on the sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?”
Verse 6 drives in the nail: Again they could not answer.
I read this, and I ask myself, “Is what you see with me, what you get?” Because if it’s not, I’m a hypocrite.
If you really wanted to knock me off my horse, say, “Well, Follis sure talks a big game about his spiritual life, but I sure don’t see it in his actions.”
Reading the Gospels I get the very distinct impression that two-faced people really annoyed Jesus.