HOME / ABOUT ................................................... FAQ / SHOP


Are you a Pharisee or a Publican? {Luke 18:9-14}

Last night I heard a really good message. It was on a topic I have been thinking about/ praying about/ wanting to write about for a long time. Every time I sat down to write it though I couldn’t write out my thoughts. Sometimes I was trying to do it out of spite, and I know that’s why it never worked out.

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves
that they were righteous, and despised others:
 Luke 18:9

This parable was taught to a group of people who thought they were pretty good, and looked down on anyone who didn’t live up to their {*man-made*} standards.

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,
God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
Luke 18:11-12

The Pharisee is a pretty good guy –on the outside at least. He fasted, tithed, and probably held a position of authority. But, this good guy had a problem- a MAJOR problem.

His problem was PRIDE. He thought he was better. He thought that his being better gave him certain rights and positions. He thought he deserved respect from everyone who was “below his station”. He thought he was more spiritual.

But he wasn’t. You see, Pride is on Gods hate list. A proud look to be exact- which is exactly what the Pharisee had…

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
A proud look.
Proverbs 6:16-17a

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:
Proverbs 8:13a

Pride is evil. If we fear the LORD we will hate pride with a passion.


The Publican is a very different man. He is so moved, so contrite, so ashamed, that he will not even look up. He was repentant, and simply asked for Gods mercy.

But thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger,
and of great kindness, and forsookest them not.
 Nehemiah 9:17b

for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
Nehemiah 9:31b

^^^^^^^^^^this man^^^^^^^^^^ was the one who went home justified. He was the one who went home a forgiven, and changed man.


I think a lot of people {myself included} often fall into a trap of looking down on other people if they aren’t “up to par”. It becomes a nasty habit. This habit ends up hurting people, wounding them, pushing them away, and we rarely ever even realize it…

One of the biggest problems we have is when people aren’t as conservative as us. We are agast when someone doesn’t live as set apart or as “holy” as we do. We drive them into the ground and treat them like dirty rotten sinners. We think we are better, more holy, more spiritual, and somehow higher up {as though God has a scale} just because we “follow God better”.

What we forget about is the fact that Jesus died for these people. If these people have excepted his gift of salvation, then God has forgiven them, and we are supposed to show love, not pride{hate}.

I know a lot of not-so-conservative Christians who are better than me{and those people who call themselves my friends}. They are humble. {which in and of itself is more than I can say for most of my “friends”} They speak out against wrong, and they take risks.

Honestly, peoples standards- the way they live- is between them and God, NOT between them and us.

We have no business being prideful, or thinking we are better!

No comments:

Post a Comment