Ahhhh, I love Matt 23!
Jesus reserves judgment on people until he gets to the Pharisees and Sadducees. His condemnation doesn't fall on prostitutes, tax collecters or adulterers but on the legalistic, judgmental religious leaders of his time. His problem isn't so much with what they say but how they act. He says "listen to them but don't follow their example". Jesus calls them Blind guides , snakes , sons of vipers, white washed Tombs, hypocrites and filthy. Not very Christ like is it? ...
Hang on he is the Christ!
What I take from this is that, character or virtue is an important part of following Jesus. It is no good saying "this is what I am take it or leave it" . Jesus takes us as we are and while we were still sinners he died for us, that doesn't mean we have to stay that way!
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