There are so many Americans, Christians and non-Christians, who DAILY have been voicing their opinions about President Obama and his administration. While American people are “free” to speak what is on their minds, when their thoughts become venomous fault-finding criticisms that are nothing more than name-calling insults, this kind of attack on President Obama is both unjustifiable and unholy! In cases like this one, these name callers will need to undergo an attitudinal change (experience an internal transformation) before these hecklers, hissers, mockers, scoffers, and deriders even would want to or are able to reconcile with their president!
Jesus the Christ sharply rebukes a biblical group of name callers. This group of hecklers, hissers, mockers, scoffers, and deriders is the Pharisees. The Lord harshly criticizes the Pharisees for their dogmatic conservative beliefs in the Law, because their beliefs have caused them to have ONLY an outward conformity to the commands of God. In other words, the Pharisees understand the LETTER OF THE LAW, for they keep it outwardly, but they do not comprehend the SPIRITUAL INTENT OF THE LAW, which is why they cannot keep the Law inwardly (in their hearts/spirits), for they have no internal spirituality.
Contrary to the Pharisees’ understanding of and opinions about the Law, Jesus the Christ says that true obedience to the Law is inextricably connected to their inner attitudes. This Divine Truth is why the Lord begins His Sermon on the Mount with the BE-ATTITUDES (the attitudes that must be in their inward parts—in their hearts/human spirits—because it is their inner attitudes that control what they think, say, and do). This Divine Truth also is why Jesus Christ teaches about His interpretations of the Law, which are diametrically opposed to the Pharisees’ outward display of hypocritical righteousness.
In a series of contrasts given in Matthew 5:21-48, Jesus the Christ teaches about murder and hatred; adultery and lust; divorce and marriage; oaths and retaliation; and love and hatred toward enemies, stressing that our sins involve our thoughts as well as our actual deeds. For instance, murdering someone is not limited to taking someone’s physical life. We also can show contempt for someone’s life through our name-calling, which not only insults the person but also insults the Creator God who made mankind in His image! That’s why the Lord tells the Pharisees that they will be in danger of God’s wrath when they are angry with their brothers without any reasons, and then proceed to call them names. Name-calling, thus, makes these Pharisees just as much a murderer as the person who commits the physical act of murder!
Under the Law, if the Pharisees called their Jewish brothers “Raca” (meaning: empty-headed one; vain; worthless; good-for-nothing), they would be in danger of being censured by their Sanhedrin Council. However, they could be in danger of God’s Lake of Fire judgment if they say “thou fool” (meaning: idiot; hopeless person). These judgments are God’s stiff punishments to name callers, because name callers are guilty of letting the anger in their hearts/spirits control the words that come out of their mouths, or they are guilty of letting the anger in their hearts/spirits control the thoughts they write or the deadly physical actions they carry out.
For these reasons, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus the Christ instructs the name-calling Pharisees to reconcile immediately with their brothers who have made them angry, and to do so before ever attempting to leave an offering on God’s altar. If they don’t reconcile their acrimonious relationships, they will suffer the consequences, which could include facing the charges their brethren could bring against them for the reproachful and vitriolic words these Pharisees have spoken or written against them. If found guilty, for example, by the Sanhedrin Council, these name-calling Pharisees could end up owing much more than an apology and a petition for forgiveness!
Thus, just as these Pharisees needed to change their inner attitudes before they truly could say they were keeping God’s Law, the same is true for today’s Christians! Believers cannot say that they are keeping God’s commandments when they publicly and/or privately are vilifying and/or murdering people (President Obama included) with their scathing name-calling. For sure, today’s believers who are name callers also will need to change their inner attitudes (develop righteous attitudes in their hearts/spirits) before they truthfully could say that they are being obedient to the Word of God—being holy and righteous doers of the Word instead of being just hearers or readers of the Word! AMEN.
“But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled with thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift” (Matthew 5:22-24, KJV).