The Pharisees are too often fixated upon the Law. While the Law is always important, it is not the focus of the spiritual life – love is. We must seek to live the law in love, not in judgment of how others are failing to live it. Our concern must be first for our own righteousness and then we will learn to leave others up to themsleves. We do not know all their situations so how can we judge their actions fairly? Of course, sin is sin – but I do not think that the discipline of fasting falls under this category.
18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. 22 Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”
t h i n k : We must seek to live the law in love, not in judgment of how others are failing to live it.