Jesus as the bad influence your parents never warned you about

Proper 17B | Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

We are so much like the Pharisees. We really are. We focus on the rules, not their purpose or how they encourage us to build strong relationships with GOD, one another, and the wider community. That is their purpose: those relationships. The rules are supposed to lead us to GOD. But we rather stay where we’re at and mess about with the rules themselves; tweak them like by-laws.