#don't judge

Prayer of The Modern Day Pharisee


Sinners, Publicans – Pharisees, Scribes

Unto neither of these could I ever subscribe


For I read of both groups in the scriptures each day,

And both make me feel to exclaim when I pray,


“God, I thank thee, that I’m not as other men are,

Like those sinners and publicans - God keep me far


From their damnable words and their damnable deeds,

And more so than this – Oh God, keep me free


From those gosh awful Pharisees - they above all

Are the worst kind of folks who are destined to fall.


But rather God keep apart from these men

And I promise that things will go on as they’ve been


Fasting two times a week, paying tithes of my gain

Doing all that I do, but I need not explain


For Thou knowest all this, and the time has come when

I must wrap this prayer up, and close with amen”


No, I’ll never be like anyone from those tribes

Not like Sinners and Publicans, Pharisees, Scribes


For I’m nothing like they. No, my time is well spent

Me, a just soul who has no need to repent


…Jeff Bresee



Luke 18: 10-14

Luke 15:7