Have you had enough of the religion police? Jesus sure got His fill of it. He called the Pharisees a “generation of vipers.” Jesus told them, “how can ye, being evil, speak good things?” (Matt 12:34a&b) When man gets to a point that he has redirected his focus from God to the things on earth, he begins a new generation. This new generation is more concerned with personal success. They normally only see their success developing inside their personal or organizational control. Instead of believing in God and resting in Him and His providence, they turn to arrogance and men on the earth. Once man takes control he must maintain it, develop a hierarchy of loyalists to monitor and control. God is so great He can accomplish His will in our foolishness. Man isn’t that competent.
Eventually, because men know other men are fallible, there is dissension. When people begin to rebel, they must be brought into subjection in order to further the desires of the organization, or the leader of that organization. This is where the scribes and Pharisees were. The equivalent of Cardinals and Archbishops and others, offices in the church that have no true biblical place, offices created by man for man. Further, the biblical offices take upon themselves extra-biblical function and authority. If we were to open to the Pentateuch we find very few “leaders” and police like organizations. Instead we find simply humble servants of the God, chosen to serve His people.
To bring others into subjection, leaders concerned with the things below instead of the things above more often resort to character assassination, backbiting, gossip and murmuring. This is an attempt to say they are no better than anyone else, even worse to make themselves appear better, more moral, stronger or more reliable. It’s a lot like our children telling other children, “My daddy is stronger than your daddy!” Childish prideful response with large and dangerous consequences. Sometimes we change very little when we supposedly grow up. This is what the religious leaders try to do in John 7.
All the complaints and hateful rhetoric only serve to fulfill God’s will for His Son, and the Son’s will for His passion; to give himself to save all mankind. To sustain all the hate and vehemence from wicked godless men just to be tortured and murdered for our eternal life is worthy of our praise, love, glory and devotion. He is the only one worthy. Submit to your local ministry, the world’s hierarchies are for man’s control (Matt 12:34c).