Wedgewood Church, along with First Christian Church, recently hosted Picturing the Parables of Jesus, a national traveling art exhibit of Christians In The Visual Arts (CIVA). The most repugnant piece for me in the exhibit was Andy Rash’s The Pharisee and the Tax Collector.
The reason the piece was so repugnant to me is I find the Pharisee to be so off-putting, so like many modern Christians. In the parable the Pharisee says, “Thank God I’m not like other people — robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.”
I try to be humble and not have feelings of superiority, but there is one area in which I tend to be a self-righteous Pharisee. And that area is Christmas decorating.
Now that Thanksgiving is over Christmas decorations are going up and – and God forgive me, the word “tacky” is not sufficient enough to describe some of the Christmas displays I’ve seen. Ugly. Hideous. Horrid. Unseemly. Actually, none of those words quite capture what I see. Wish I could think of a word that works but even Pharisee Me can’t think of one.
Prayer: God, help Pharisee Me to keep in mind that You don’t care about my personal preferences, and that there are more important things in the world to worry about than any of my PP’s. Remind me that some of my gay friends who have the decorating gene have criticized my decorating decisions. Amen.