So, I'm having this discussion with someone online about the Pharisees being the religious elite of their day. He says they were the conservatives of their day too and the conservatives of Jesus' day were responsible for His death. How can someone be considered part of the religious elite and a conservative if they are hypocrites, which Jesus calls them over and over again. Matthew 23 (KJV) I just can't call someone who is a blatant hypocrite a Christian or part of the "religious elite." Here's a little of what he has said: "Why is being "liberal" a bad thing? Look up liberal in the dictionary. It's a synonym for generous. Yes, people can be too "liberal" but people can be too "conservative" as well. People weren't meant to be one or the other. Nobody is strictly a liberal or strictly a conservative in life. There are situations that merit a conservative and cautious approach while other situations demand that you take some risks and take chances on people. It's about balance. You can be a liberal fanatic or a conservative fanatic. Both fanatics are off in the deep end. Both are nuts. Being balanced is the key. It's not about going in one direction till you're so far from center that you're all alone. Being wise and shrewd and able to evaluate whether something is so important you need to put your foot down or not that big of a deal and you should let it go -- that's life. You've got to know when to be liberal and when to be conservative. And, really, Jesus spoke more about mercy and kindness than he spoke about any fire and brimstone stuff. By your definition, he was way too liberal. Paul too. You probably wouldn't hang out with them. You're more conservative than God. Does that mean you're better than him ... or does it mean that you've gone off the deep end?" So, what do you think?