Jesus challenges us to stop. We are God’s children. We shouldn’t pretend we are not. We pretend we don’t know He is in a good mood. We know he is.
God is great. God is in charge. God wants us to be real, in his son Jesus. That is God’s goal for us. Be real in Jesus.
Are we pretending to be righteous just because we are technically legal? Jesus knows that be right with rules and regulations doesn’t make us right with God. Only He can do that. Jesus challenges us to understand the difference between legal and moral.
Remember the Scripture that says, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him do it legally, giving her divorce papers and her legal rights’? Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal. ’Please, no more pretending. If you divorce your wife, you’re responsible for making her an adulteress (unless she has already made herself that by sexual promiscuity). And if you marry such a divorced adulteress, you’re automatically an adulterer yourself. You can’t use legal cover to mask a moral failure.
(Matthew 5:31-32 The Message)