Matt 9:10-11 Christ attended a house party. Why are we like the Pharisees today, trying to separate ourselves?
The invited guest seeing all of the lowlife that had come to the party ask the friends of the guest why he had invited all of the unsavory characters to the party. They wanted to know how these people got invited. They wanted to know if these types of people were the types of people that the host associated with. They wanted to know why the guest of honor did not object to such characters being at the party. You see they were special, in that, they had an invitation to the party. They were different from those who did not have an invitation. The dressed differently.They looked differently. They smelled differently. Their behavior was more refined. They danced better. They spoke with distinction. And they were of a different class than the local uninvited guest.
So they inquired as to why the host of the party socialized with such riffraff. They wanted to know why the master eat with publicans and sinners. They wanted to make a distinction between themselves and the other guest. Do we eat with publicans and sinners? Do we socialize with those that have less than we do? Do we make ourselves available to those that are less fortunate than we are? Or do we make distinctions between ourselves and others?
As we go about our daily lives it is easy to overlook those that are less fortunate. We are so caught up in our own selfish world, me, me, me, that we do not have time for others. We walk around those people that do not look quite right. We turn our noses up to those who do not smell right. We shy away from the beggars on the street for fear of being asked for something. We do not even offer a kind word to those that we meet in our daily lives. The cities that we live in, the communities where we dwell, the places where we shop, the people that we socialize with, all our behaviors are trained towards bettering ourselves over others.
There is an order to society, we tell ourselves. We must dress right. We must speak just the correct words. We have to talk the language of success to be accepted. We must keep up with the latest trends to mix in with the in crowd and be accepted. We have to drive the right kind of car. We have to go to the right kind of school. Everything that we do today is geared towards our success. And we step over and around those that do not fit into our plan for our success. The path to destruction is wide and many travel along that way.
The Pharisees asked the disciples why Christ eat with publicans and sinners. The Pharisees asked the disciples why Christ socialized with the lowlife. The Pharisees asked the disciples why Christ did not make the distinction between those with a better class and those with no class. Why are we similar to the Pharisees today, seeking to distinguish ourselves from the rest of society? Why are we like the Pharisees today, trying to separate ourselves from those that we feel are less than ourselves?