In chapter 5 of Matthew’s biography of Jesus, Matthew quotes Jesus identifying the root causes of some of our most obvious sins: murder, adultery, deceit and retaliation. While most of us manage to avoid the outward expression of these big sins, Jesus’ Root Cause Analysis took away any pride we may feel in doing so. He clearly pinpointed the root causes of sin that remain deeply embedded in our hearts and minds. Jesus is the most intelligent human who has ever lived, so it’s not a surprise that He offered this insightful but unwelcome news. He was often a disrupter of the political, social and religious status quo in first century Palestine. Jesus cleansed the Temple, called the religious left (the Sadducees) harsh names, regarded the religious fundamentalists (the Pharisees) in even harsher terms, and tripped up the scribes and lawyers with ideas that blew their comfort zones out of the water.