Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
Jesus has offended the religious leaders by comparing them to vain people who honor God with their lips but have hearts alienated from Him. He further compares them to blind guides who are leading their followers astray. The tension between Jesus and the Pharisees seems to increase as the story continues. In these verses He indicates that the Pharisees are not ordained by the Father.
His instructions to "let them alone" is a compelling one for people like me. It causes me to wonder when I should stop conversations with people who embrace differing theological views. I have a hard time doing that - especially online.. I am in the middle of such a dialog today. Maybe it is more about attitude? Maybe I need to learn to leave some of those with pharisaical attitudes alone?
Lord help me to avoid useless religious conversations.