Leaven of the Pharisees

I had a rush of brains to the head last night, and I wanted to write it down before it left again.

Why is the leaven of the Pharisees so tempting?  (It’s hypocrisy, btw).

Because.  It’s so much EASIER to deal with the outside than the inside.   And you can check off outside stuff on a list of, “this is what makes me a good person”.   Did the thing?  Check.  Said the right words?  Check.

It starts out as a way to self-judge and feel halfway competent, but like yeast, it grows into a place where you only check the outside and ignore the inside.

It’s tempting ’cause we want to know how we’re doing – and focusing on outside stuff tells us how we’re doing.


That’s not really the point of our lives, being shiny on the outside.

3 thoughts on “Leaven of the Pharisees

  1. Elspeth


    That’s not really the point of our lives, being shiny on the outside.

    The million dollar question if you will: Why is it so HARD for us to capture this and hold on to it, internalize it permanently?

    1. hearthie Post author

      Well, being that I’m a human and I suffer from this disease, I’d say because we want to be able to judge ourselves. We WANT to be good. We want to know that we’re good. We want other people to know that we’re good. Even people who don’t care about much in the way of morality will make excuse for themselves so as to define themselves as somehow “good”.

      We want our lives to have meaning. We strive – all humans strive – and we want to know when we’ve arrived.

      Yeah, the more I think about this, the deeper it goes. There’s a good chance of a book here, there’s a LOT and it wants organizing.

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