How could you not be impressed? There he stands, attired in an immaculate new suit, his hair trimmed and combed to perfection, the look on his face displays confidence, the swagger of his demeanor demands respect.
…and then he speaks…
“Oh God I thank thee that I am not like these sinners that surround me! I serve on the financial committee, I oversee the ushers, and just last week, I corrected the pastor regarding his sermon.” He continues, “I tithe faithfully every week, and I even make sure they do with my money as they’re supposed to. Not to mention O’ Lord, I stopped those foolish women with the bleeding hearts from giving my money to those lazy vagrants pleading for a place to stay.”
In the back corner, out of sight of all, stands an elderly man in worn and ragged clothing. Before stepping into the building, he had given his last quarter to a child on the street. He buries his head in shame, and weeps the words, “Lord, forgive me, for I am a sinful man.”
Jesus makes it very clear the latter man leaves justified… and the other?
“…everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:9-14