And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.” And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”
Religious people sometimes seem to be all about the food we eat, the drinks we imbibe, the music we listen to and the movies we watch. Such were the religious leaders that confronted Jesus about eating with unwashed hands.. they were focused more on the externals of the law than the heart of it. And the things that they spoke defiled them.
In verbiage similar to that spoken in the sermon on the mount Jesus reminds us that sin is an issue of the heart. The real issue of Christian life is not all of the things we do but the reasons that we do them. I think that the issue is one of transformation. A transformed heart is one that is free from the sins that Jesus speaks about.. and is not defiled when it speaks.
Lord help me to focus on the internals, rather than the externals, of life.