Do whatever the scribes and the Pharisees teach you and follow it: but do not do as they do, forIt reminds me of a wonderful statement made by a beloved bishop of our church. He said, “there are two things you can count on when you become a bishop; first, there will always be a place for you to sit when you come to church, and, secondly, the other thing is that no one will ever tell you the truth again."
They do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others…They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces….
But these words about the scribes and the Pharisees could be said about the professional leadership of our churches today. The world of pastors and theologians might just be described as the modern day scribes and Pharisees of our time.