Jesus told the Pharisees of His day that they strained at a gnat and swallowed a camel. [Matthew 23] In biblical times, the camel was the largest animal while the gnat was the tiniest.
When struggling with life issues, we find some are weightier than others. Some issues are true, biblical matters of the heart, begging for prayerful consideration; while others remain of lesser importance. Jesus told the Pharisees that they used cloth to strain the gnats out of their drink while they attempted to swallow the largest animal living in their region. Not mincing words, He called them hypocrites: ones who judged another for something they did themselves ~ play actors!
Unless we go to prayer to seek the mind of the Lord, we will fall prey to our finite, theological boxes in which we neatly pack our small concepts of God. Boxes erect walls and establish limitations. Theological boxes can only carry narrow thoughts. They stifle the air and cause our decisions to be stuffy and judgmental. Theological boxes strain gnats and eat camels.
Matthew 23:23 continues… You’ve “neglected…justice and mercy and faithfulness….”
Out of the boxes our belief systems must come … and into the fresh air of the Spirit of the Living God where Truth prevails! Out here there’s room for justice, mercy, and faithfulness!