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Don't Judge.

The parable we'll hear this Sunday was told to people who were self-righteous and who have contempt for others.   Or to bring it home, the parable we'll hear on Sunday was told to that part in each of us that is self-righteous and tends to be contempteous.   The parable goes like this: Two men went up to the temple to pray. One was a Pharisee and the other one was a tax collector. The Pharisee prayed like this: "God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I tithe." Stop right there and consider something: What this man said was probably true: Pharisees did hold themselves to very high moral standards. This man probably did not extort money from other people. He probably was just in his dealings with others. He probably was faithful to his wife. He probably did fast twice a week. He probably did return his pledge card on time <grin> and