The pharasees saw different ways of living and made comparisons; Jesus simply sought life. I get frustrated when people try to peg and judge me, because through out my life that is simply what I am doing and trying to live out each day--seeking a fuller life. That is the call of Jesus to seek life--in its fullness. The way I work with people is simply to bring them to a fuller life.
One of the reasons I am vegan is has nothing to do with political reasons but is that I am seeking a fuller life for myself and for others.
My friend Will Tuttle sums it up:
Joy, love, and abundance are always available to us, and will manifest in our lives to the degree that we understand that they are given to us as we give them to others.
The price we must pay for love and freedom is the ice cream cone, the steak, and the eggnog we casually consume.