“Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel” (Matthew 23:23-24).
Religious people seem to differentiate themselves on the basis of matters that just don’t matter. They tend to espouse some special nuanced knowledge and arrogantly flaunt secret revelations withheld from the rest of us seeking to walk by faith. A major conflict with Jesus in dealing with these religious types isn’t that they did too much but, rather, their doing of too little that mattered. They do that which makes them look respectable in the eyes of men, but offers to others nothing of lasting benefit or impact.