Why do I identify with the good guys

as I read the Gospels?  Why don’t I identify with the bad guys, the Pharisees?  Because, I suspect, I wanna feel better than them, good about myself.  So I need to live in denial about the extent of my sin/idolatry/independence/dysfunction/weakness.  Suppress.  Ignore.

I’m one of the good guys.

The Pharisees rejected Jesus and His worthiness because they wanted some of their own.  They loved feeling superior to others, analyzing others, judging others, feeling good about themselves at the expense of others.  Needy.  Superiority-needy.  They needed to believe they were the good guys.  The together ones.  Little grace needed.  Qualified to be spiritual leaders.

Self-deceived.

DumbSheepDave needs no worthiness of his own, needs to feel superior to no one, so he is enabled to live and love with reckless abandon.  He really is one of the good guys.  Other-worldly humble.  Other-worldly loving.

–ShepherdDave, needing fresh conviction of the sin of being dissatisfied with Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he might momentarily be DumbSheepDave, experiencing the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility, so the pre-believers around him might want a SaviorShepherd too

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