The text of Matthew 23 revised for some of those who need to be exposed in modern times. Specially crafted for Republican and Democrat politicians alike. 🙂
Note: This is not written to those precious few public servants who actually abide by their oath to the Constitution.
The politicians have seated themselves in Congress, the White House, and the Supreme Court; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe (unless you want to go to jail), but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they speak far and wide about our beloved Founding Fathers, and carry pocket Constitutions around with them for show. They love the place of honor and the chief seats, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called “lawmakers”, “leaders”, and “rulers” by men. But do not be called king; for One is your King, that is, Christ. But the greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
Woe to you, lawyers and politicians, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long speeches; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.
Woe to you, politicians, hypocrites, because you send our Armed Forces around on sea and land to make “peace”; and when you have done so (in name only), you set up a puppet dictator and you make him twice as much a violater of human rights as yourselves.
Woe to you, blind guides, who swear an oath to obey the Constitution, for after you are in office, you never think twice about the Constitution again.
Woe to you, politicians, hypocrites! For you collect taxes and duties from us, and yet have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
Woe to you, politicians, hypocrites! For you try to fix the problems of the rest of the world. You blind politicians, first fix the problems in our own country, so that America may then be an example to the rest of the world.
Woe to you, politicians, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear concerned to constituents, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Woe to you, politicians, hypocrites! For you establish the national monuments of the patriots of old (unconstitutionally, by the way), and yet you work at the same time to destroy those principles for which they fought and died: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?