Pharisitical Obedience is obedience that is so focused on following the rules precisely that they learn the mechanics of the rule but never get to know the heart of the rule. It’s using obedience to feel valued, superior, powerful, good, and important rather than to create goodness. Their obedience is driven by a need for validation, typically without being fully aware that that is what is driving their actions. It’s obedience that is so focused on the action that the person becomes blind to the to reason, meaning, and purpose of their action. Pharisitical Obedience is obedience that is empty and void of meaning.
Those who get lost in the reasoning of Pharisitical Obedience are critical of others whose actions do not align with pharisitical view of what is right. Obedience of this nature weakens one’s ability to tolerate the differing beliefs of others which leads often results in the fruit of pressuring others to align themselves with their rules.
Pharisitical Obedience finds safety within rules, freeing themselves from the hard labor of thinking for themselves to decide what is good and right accepting the distorted idea that the only qualification for being just and good is being a rule.
Those engaged in pharisitical obedience avoid the labor of making good judgments, yet ironically work exhaustively to find creative justification and clever redefining of the rules while holding to the rules. It’s a passive aggressive relationship with rules. Feeling resentful, imprisoned, and controlled by the rules, they still continue to governor their lives by the rules. Perhaps their victimized mentality is what leads them to be so critical of those who do not follow their rules and the pressuring of others to abide by their rules.
September 18 & 19, 2019
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