An amazing quote by Brennan Manning appears in the prelude to dc Talk’s song “What if I Stumble?” The quote reads, “The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world finds simply unbelievable.” Quite confronting, as is the statements made by Jesus in Mark 7.
Jesus answered, “You are all hypocrites. Isaiah was right when he wrote these words from God about you: ‘These people honour me with their words, but I am not really important to them. Their worship of me is worthless. The things they teach are only human rules.’ You have stopped following God’s commands, preferring instead the man-made rules you got from others.” Mark 7:6-8, ERV.
When it comes to the reading today from Mark 7:1-13, we are challenged to think again about the worship we offer our Lord. It is never too late to worship our Lord Jesus with all our being.