As I was reading through Matthew again recently, a verse caught my attention. I’ve probably read this verse hundreds of times, but I usually breeze over it without a second thought. This time, I read it slowly a few times, and I can’t get it out of my mind:
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. (Matthew 23:23 ESV)
Weightier matters… justice and mercy and faithfulness. Yes, Jesus was speaking against the religious people of his day. But, I wonder if he would say the same thing to most Christians today. Perhaps he would even say that same thing against me.