I really think the hardest thing about ridding ourselves of our legalistic tendencies is that in a way the mindset of legalism seems to reflect our understanding of reality.  I mean you look at Paul the Pharisee and he has it all together he does and says all the right things and that looks good.  Or you look at the woman at the well she sleeps around a lot and is so ashamed of her whoredom that she comes to draw water during the hottest part of the day so she won’t have to make eye contact with anyone.  If you met those two people today you would immediately form an opinion.  You would likely ignore one and not the other.  You would likely think that you were better than one and would likely esteem the other.  And for some reason that seems right.  It seems right that you should treat a prostitute differently than a morally upright law-abiding citizen.  Yet before God they are both equally wretched and sinful apart from the cross.

How do we address this?  Not as mere individuals but as a church?  As the people of God called for his purpose and glory how do we together put this attitude to death?  What are some other good-looking respectable sins that we need to kill?

Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

—Isaiah 1:18