Blessed Are Those Who Religiously Avoid Religiosity

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. — Jesus (Mt. 6:1)

The Righteousness of peacemaking, pure heartedness, and inclusive mercy, is developed by intentional disciplines.

“Self-righteousness” is such an effective term for despising hypocrisy that, unfortunately, it undermines its antithesis: actual righteousness. Righteousness is something Jesus affirms. When he is challenged about his decision to be baptized he tells John that it is a righteous thing for him to do. When Jesus gives the beatitudes he mentions the blessedness of righteousness in people twice. When he begins to describe what he is talking about in fulfilling the purpose of the Torah he is clear that he wants people to have more righteousness, not less.

Religious Righteousness 101: Alms, Prayers, and Fasting

When I joined a church as an adult I was taught several essential practices:

  1. Attend every church service.
  2. Pray before you eat.
  3. Give at least 10% of your income to your local church.



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