The Pharisees and the Left
In recent times it has become noticeable how politicians and clergy on the left (in Australia, the ALP and Greens, in the US the Democrats) have come to resemble the Pharisees, both in their words and in their behaviour.
The word ‘pharisee’ means ‘separated’. Could I be justified in extending the meaning to ‘elite’? What an appropriate term for a Democrat.
How can this association be demonstrated?
1 Pharisees were hypocrites. They believed in condemning others for what they were up to themselves. They projected. Just as leftists do today.
2 Christ threatened their security. He presented his teaching with authority. Leftists do not debate. Their argument consists of calling their enemies racists and sexists, even when they push affirmative action as somehow not racist. They never admit wrongdoing. Even when Christ performed miracles, the Pharisees claimed they were the work of Satan (Matt 12:24). In the same way, even when Trump does something excellent, his enemies find fault. And he gets the blame for ills originating with Democrats. Thus we find Trump getting the blame for locking up children, when this was mandated by Obama’s executive order.
3 Pharisees did not hesitate to crucify an innocent man (John 11:50), just as leftists sacrifice the lives of children at the altar of lifestyle and crucify innocent men and women in their left news media.
4 Pharisees virtue-signalled. They prayed and fasted publicly so people would see them(Matt 6:5) to demonstrate their habitual goodness, and by contrast, the lack of goodness in their opponents. Thus you will see on TV pro-abortion Democrats weeping crocodile tears for children separated from their mothers at the border but they have no tears for children separated from their mothers at Planned Parenthood clinics. Pharisees saw themselves as righteous, and did not take kindly to different points of view. Their true successors inhabit universities and colleges, and also the media.
5 Pharisees used lawfare to invalidate God’s law (Matt 15:2). Today the left is a little more sophisticated – they use the courts presided over by Clinton/Obama judges to invalidate laws passed by those elected by the people.
6 Pharisees not only disregarded their own salvation, they tried to stop others from entering eternal life (Matt 23:13). Just as the left today have no god of their own, and are determined to remove God from the public life of all others. They do not hesitate to punish Christians who defend their religion, and will jail people who do not conform to their perversions.
The resemblance is remarkable. When leftists call us Nazis, we now have a suitable name for them which they will not like, but which is quite appropriate: “Pharisee.”
– Richard Stokes