During His ministry, Jesus often warned His disciples to be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees. In Luke 12:1, He makes clear that the “yeast” that He is talking about is hypocrisy. The Pharisees and Sadducees were religious/social conservative and liberal sects of Judaism, led by those who Jesus revealed were often far from the heart of God. They regularly said one thing and did the exact opposite.
In the supercharged political climate around us currently, it is very easy to get pulled into discussions that demonize one side or the other, demanding us to take up sides to condemn or defend. In His day, Jesus did not fall for this trap. He pointed out the hypocrisy on both sides and declared that they were both far from the spirit of God’s intention for human interaction.
We must be on guard against the hypocrisy around us that accuses others of something while doing the very same things. We are to be the salt of the earth. Salt by itself has little value. Yet it is responsible for revealing and preserving the good flavor (and purpose) in anything it comes in contact with. As we die to self, our real daily purpose is to see and reveal, through prayer and application of the Word, the potential that God sees in others. If we sincerely seek to do this well, there will be no hypocrisy found in us.
This is our call in the modern supercharged atmosphere we live in . We need to stand in the gap of the shouters and be spiritual salt…bringing peace and reminding the world of the true desire of our Savior… that we love one another as He loved us, without hypocrisy.