If you read part one, you have probably been waiting for part two.
Part one ended like this:
And it couldn’t be more true.
But what is it? What is truly on the inside that the Modern Day Pharisee is so desperate to cover up?
Sadly, the MDP’s mastery of self righteousness and defense of his own heart is because his own heart is very dark and ugly.
But wait, the MDP is full of pride and won’t admit that he or she even makes mistakes? How could someone who doesn’t make mistakes possibly have an ugly heart?
Well, that’s the issue and the second characteristic of the Modern Day Pharisee:
Did y’all know that the Greek word for hypocrisy comes from the word for a stage actor or one who wears a mask?
That’s right, the MDP is fake. It’s a real problem.
But don’t misunderstand me. The problem is not that the MDP sins- we all do. It is not that there is something underneath the surface- we all have something beneath the surface. The problem with the MDP is that they cannot acknowledge their sin and mistakes. It is near impossible for them to reveal what’s beneath the perfect surface. They live in a self defense bubble in which their hearts and inner thoughts (and sometimes actions) fully contradict the belief system they preach and portray.
The hypocritical MDP likely looks like they have it all together. They’re “those” people- the ones who only ever show their good side to the outside world, but those in true close proximity see a contradiction in the person they show themselves to be and the person they really are.
Again, don’t misunderstand. It’s okay to not be perfect on the inside, but we should not pretend that we are.
The MDP wouldn’t dare let the outside world or those he wishes to impress have any insight into the darkness of their heart. To share the darkness in one’s heart requires humility. And to be humble would mean one would have to admit that he is wrong, or even worse, say those two words: “I’m sorry.”
It’s a cycle… because to say “I’m sorry” would mean that one must have been wrong. And to be wrong could possibly give insight into the darkness in ones heart. And the cycle just starts over.
It is easier for the MDP to maintain the position of perfection.
“Perfect on the outside and flawed on the inside…” That’s the accusation that Jesus levied against the Pharisees. And it’s a real thing in present times.
When hypocrisy is at play, it alienates people. The MDP doesn’t show true colors, and it makes him unapproachable. When the MDP is unapproachable, it puts up a wall that keeps authenticity and vulnerability from coming in- and without authenticity and vulnerability, there can be no true relationship.
Therefore, when interacting with the hypocritical Modern Day Pharisee, individuals often find themselves feeling inferior and defeated, because they don’t feel relatable. When dealing with the Modern Day Pharisee, people don’t feel love and acceptance, but rather, they feel
And we will get into that in Part Three. Stay Tuned.