Straining Gnats and Swallowing Camels

Jesus accused the scribes and Pharisees of straining out a gnat, but swallowing a camel (Matthew 23:23, 24). John 18 provides an example of that, “Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover” (John 18:28).
Somehow in their minds it was okay, even righteous, to conspire on the death of Jesus, but to keep from defiling themselves on another matter.
Do we pick at little things, but swallow something much more dangerous?

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