Religion is dangerous business. It’s easy to see in the life of the scribes and pharisees – people put’n on, but difficult to see in ourselves. Even James & John got caught up in their church experience and left Jesus behind. Oh, I don’t mean literally, I just mean in spirit.
Jesus and the disciples were on their way to Jerusalem, and unlike many Jews, they chose to travel through Samaria. When the local Golden Corral wouldn’t serve them they asked Jesus if a little Old Testament judgement wasn’t in order. They wanted more to be on fire than just the char-broilers in meat department. (See Luke 9) The response of the Master challenged their misconceptions about God. Perhaps our’s need challenged too.