The Pharisaic Party
A primary divide in American politics separates according to perceived goodness. Democrats see themselves as the virtuous ones and charge Republicans with bigotry and hypocrisy. Republicans have a similar but opposite perspective. Both sides claim the mantle of moral superiority but both can’t be right. (Because one of them is left.)
Since the division centers on morality, the best way to determine which side merits the mantle is to go to the source and ground of objective morality —> God. Most Americans would claim to believe either that Jesus Christ is the Son of God or that he was a good, moral teacher. So the record of his interaction with two groups of people similar to America’s left and right should qualify as authoritatively instructive.
Chapter 9 of John’s Gospel records Jesus healing a blind man and being condemned by the Jewish leaders because he did it on the Sabbath, when all “work” was forbidden. The Pharisees saw themselves as uber-virtuous because they knew the law and followed it to the letter, except that their conformity to it was all outward and for show. “They do all their deeds to be seen by others,” according to Jesus. (Virtue-signaling is not just a 21st century thing.) “Within,” they were “full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
The healed blind man, on the other hand, was notable not for personal or perceived virtuosity but for humbling himself, doing what Jesus told him to do, and worshiping him as God. He and others who responded to Jesus with humble faith were cured of their blindness, physically and/or spiritually, and received forgiveness of their sins.
So we have the self-righteous Pharisees and the forgiven faithful. In John 9 Jesus distinguishes the two groups by sight…not his sight but theirs. He says, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” The response of the Pharisees to this was to take offense at the implication that they too were blind. But Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains.”
The distinction Jesus is making is between those who admit their need for him and those who don’t. We are all spiritually blind apart from receiving his healing by faith. But the Pharisees, as many on the left today, proudly resisted the notion that they share in the same blindness as those less virtuous, or woke, than they. And Jesus judges their pride and rejection of him by consigning them to continued blindness.
The Pharisees claimed to know God but when he was standing right in front of them they did not recognize him but condemned him as a sinner. Similarly, the Democratic Party claims affinity with God but promotes policies that are clearly in opposition to his revealed will, and some that pose a threat to religious liberty. Many Democrat politicians namedrop Jesus but it’s clear from some of their views that either they willingly oppose him or don’t really know him.
Though there are certainly hypocrites and posers on both sides, it’s the Republican party that unabashedly acknowledges God in its platform, fights for policies that align with his character and commands, and is populated with men and women healed of their spiritual blindness and humbly grateful to God for his salvation.
Today’s virtue-signaling, conservative-condemning leftists are political Pharisees, claiming to be our moral betters and blind to their own hypocrisy. Just like the Jewish Pharisees they cloak themselves in righteousness for their own benefit, while “inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.” They preen and parade their faux superiority to protect or gain power and influence, and they condemn Christian conservatives for not conforming to their preferred moral code of “Love means never having to say, ‘Don’t do that.’”
Not all Democrats are pharisaical hypocrites, of course, but the ones with the loudest and most critical voices certainly are. If Jesus called out the Pharisees of his day, and proclaimed woe after woe on them for their hypocrisy and willful blindness, his followers are right in calling out the Pharisees of our day. Perhaps some of them will turn from their stubborn refusal to admit that they too “do not see” and receive their sight by obeying and following the Healer. And walk away from the party of the Pharisees and join the party that honors God above all.
I am sorry but how exactly are republicans hypocrites like the Pharisees? When the Didache – early church father ante Nicene writings specifically explain the symbolism throughout scripture. As a true follower of Yeshua, one must not turn away from the Torah, old testament and lastly not read, interpretation Gods word literal (like a history book). It is really not peoples fault reading Gods word literal – shame on the pastors from mega churches and all across the spectrum of demonations not teaching the congregation any of these things. Protestant reformation came about because of the corruption within Catholic Church – but now in days all Christianity churches (hillsong, bethel, prosperity gospel, NAR) all claim Christianity but they are no different than the Catholic church pretending to be followers of Yeshua yet they are not familiar how the denomination came about nor are they aware all of our modern bibles do not contain books taken out of the original canon (Sinai bible). None reflect the followers of the early church NONE. And if you think they were for homosexuality, think again. On top of that throughout scripture including John Calvin had prophets killed. None of the Christians today believe in miracles, signs and wonders nor prophets even though Yeshua did. I bet not many know who the apostolic fathers are nor bother to know Torah. All in all is not completely their fault – its the pastors fault. Regarding your comment about hypocrisy. I am sorry but you have been twisting Gods word and making it sound like Yeshua is all loving and kind. He was not He called out the Pharisees for following Gods word literal and getting caught up in religion – this is the reason Jews rejected His own (Yeshua). Just because Yeshua called out the Pharisees for being too religious – does not mean you have the right to apply it to republicans because they do not accept homosexuality. Whether you like it or not homosexuality is against Gods word including Sinai bible. There is no such thing love is love. I am assuming your a democrat that has been brainwashed to believe the left is all love. The worst you can do is to think a political party is for the people. This has nothing to do with religion – don’t go around claiming you know the scriptures when you are not even aware of the apostolic language and ancient Hebrew meanings to experience apocalypse (lifting the veil of the holy of holies). If love is love – don’t go around spreading lies and grouping everyone (republicans) in a box. Many reject homosexuality because OUR GOD you know the good one not Satan is against homosexuality, that’s not bigotry that’s OBEYING HIS word). I use to be a democrat whatever that means until I woke up. Now, I am none. Political parties are a joke and blogs like this taking scripture out of contexts its even worst. I doubt my comment will be added but whoever publish this needs to read this comment.
I read your comment. But it seems to me that you didn’t really read my post.