“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint, rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.”
It is popular to discuss privilege. Naria Willis published an article, Five types of Privilege You Probably Have No Idea You’re Benefiting From, https://www.elitedaily.com/life/privilege-benefiting-from-no-idea/1496370. She defines privilege as a benefit enjoyed by one person beyond the advantages of most. She lists five: 1) white privilege, 2) socio-economic privilege, 3) Christian privilege 4) gender privilege, and 5) heterosexual privilege. White privilege she says is being able to wear a band-aid that is somewhat camouflaged, turning on the television and seeing people mostly of your race, and having less of a chance of being arrested. Christian privilege is having all your holidays off work. Naria states having privilege is nothing to be ashamed of, but something to be aware of. Your status in the world will make your path easier. However, it blinds some into thinking the benefits you gain are ones you deserve because you’re better, smarter, or more deserving than others.
The Pharisees were born into the family line of Aaron entitling them to be leaders in the temple. They were wealthy and blinded into thinking they deserved their privilege. They were not humble nor did they help the poor. Jesus told them they were so busy measuring spices (enforcing Jewish law), that they passed right by God’s love and justice. They were unwilling to humble themselves or help others who lacked privilege.
God wants us to embrace His love and justice. We are privileged to be God’s children but did nothing to deserve it. He wants us to humble ourselves and help others as Jesus has done for us.
Dearest Heavenly Father, thank you for Your mercy, enabling me to be Your child. It is your power that allows me to be a victor and not a victim. So, let me always be humble and show Your love and justice to others. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.