Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Gotcha's Best Christians
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone... Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matthew 23:23, 28 (NKJV)
Being religious used to mean being godly. Perhaps young David could have been called religious. But somewhere down the line, the definition changed.

Today, religious better describes Goliath: a giant body of pride, show, strength, rules and rants.

For the purposes of this daily devotion, Goliath represents religiosity: a state where Christians show off themselves more than God.*

They can quote a lot of Verses from the Bible. They can tithe and do a lot of work for the church. They can dress quite nicely and follow all the rules.

But somehow, the rules grew to be taller than love. Because love bent down to support other people, while rules lifted up to glorify their keepers.

Therein, super-religious people let Satan enter the super-religious doors of the church.

The result? They allow judgment to triumph over mercy, flipping and forgetting a most important Verse...

'Mercy triumphs over judgment' (James 2:13, NIV).

## Gotcha's Best Christians (Part 11)

* Short article: What is religiosity?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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