Alexander: the assessment of society
[Jesus:] “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 5:20 (NIV)
For Jesus, a realistic assessment of human society in general flowed directly from his radical analysis of human nature. He held out no glib hopes for this world. He saw the problems of society as being rooted in the selfishness of man. The problems of society are like large-scale paintings of the problems of each individual... The teaching of Jesus was centred not on vague recommendations for mankind at large, but on specific remedies for the needs of individuals.
... Denis Alexander, Beyond Science, Berkhamsted: Lion Pub., 1972, reprint, A. J. Holman Co., 1973, p. 166-167 (see the book)
See also Matt. 5:20; Ps. 51:10; Isa. 55:7; Eze. 18:31; Matt. 23:12,25-26; Luke 6:41-42; 14:11; 18:10-14; Jas. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, erase the selfishness in my heart.
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