In much of Jesus’ teachings, He used the religious leaders as examples what not to do. They loved being the ones in charge, being looked up to, being honored at feasts and social events. They loved being feared and revered, loved their fancy robes and oversized phylacteries, having the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the market places. But they hated doing what they told the people to do! We could make a film about them and call it “Religioscity,” but it would hit too close to home for too many religious leaders today! Much has changed, but much is still the same. You will never win a soul to Christ by pompous religioscity. The world is full of phonies and hypocrites, and the world weary heart can spot them a mile away. You want to make a difference and be great for the Lord? Remember His words in Matthew 23:11,12. “But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be abased and he who humbles himself will be exalted!” People don’t just want to be told you care, they want to be shown. Anyone who enters our church, regardless of their past failings, whatever they may be, should feel loved. Don’t go around telling people what a great Christian you are unless you’re going to live up to that statement. Prison vernacular says it best. Don’t talk the talk if you’re not going to walk the walk! More harm has been done to Christianity by pompous religioscity than anything else. So make sure from now on, you do your best to heal that harm by leading the way for being known as a Christian that walks their talk!