A prophet calls out a culture on the ways it has strayed from truth and warns of the consequences of bad decisions; a pharisee condemns a culture for every minutiae.
A prophet speaks of the One who sent her; a pharisee speaks of himself and those like him.
A prophet speaks because he cares for those whom he addresses; a pharisee cares only for her perceived superiority over those whom she pities.
A prophet speaks to people now, here; a pharisee speaks to everyone at all times.
A prophet is proactive; a pharisee is reactive.
When we try to enforce our way on others instead of collaborating, we become pharisees.
When we curate a worship gathering with our own tastes in mind rather than what is best for the community, we become pharisees.
When we condemn others without intense self-examination, we become pharisees.
When we don’t acknowledge the diversity of tastes and talents in others, and instead mandate our tastes and talents as the preference of God, we become pharisees.
When we ask others to make sacrifices without first becoming living sacrifices ourselves, we become pharisees.
When we don’t set aside time to simply be creative (but instead mass-produce what everyone else is doing), we become pharisees.
When we see resources to be used rather than people to be encouraged, we are pharisees.
When we see only ritual instead of relationship, we are pharisees.