Hello, my name is Derrick and I am a Pharisee.
I think we need a small group in the church for recovering Pharisees. I do not think it would be well attended, after all the first step is admitting you have a problem and a lot of us church folk tend to have a very difficult time with that.
The other issue would be throwing a bunch of Pharisees into a room together, they would probably gossip and talk about the ones that did not come but really needed to be there. They would probably come up with a few more rules and requirements to be in the small group.
Pharisees are not necessarily bad, many people in the church get a sour taste in their mouth when they hear the word Pharisee…many even respond, “You don’t know me from Adam! How dare you call me that!” Okay, so they may not say it, but I bet they are thinking it!
Having the knowledge that a Pharisee has is not bad, having the training a Pharisee has is not bad. (I have very little of both considering what a Pharisee had to go through)
The issue arises when our attitude and hearts become like that of a Pharisee, the Pharisees we see who encounter Jesus.
My name is Derrick and I am a Pharisee…
I am judgemental.
God created me to be very black and white. I hate grey area. I hate compromise.
I am constantly fighting with myself to not be judgemental.
When you see a person sitting with a sign that says, “Homeless Need Money” what is your reaction?
Are you more concerned about finding a way to avoid them and not have to make eye contact? Do you feel guilty for not helping? Do you come up with excuses in your mind as to why they are in the situation they are in? To justify your not giving or helping…?
We all deal with this reality. The sooner we admit we have a problem, the sooner Holy Spirit can come and help us break free of the chains of religiosity.