Judgment for the Judgmental – Romans 2:1-16

We have spent the last seven weeks in the opening chapter of Romans, and it is quite clear God is not pleased with people.  Reading that judgement, some may think “I hope these other people get their acts together like I have….” Others may settle with “that so and so isn’t any better than I am….”  Possible defensive retorts are sometimes –"How would you know, that is just your opinion; you’re not the judge!  Just because you believe something doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong.”  “Who are you to criticize me? I can’t stand people that are always criticizing other people.” Ever think like that?  

When it comes to judging others, we’re mighty quick on the draw, ready to shoot down someone else with an accusation.  Then… when it comes to noticing or working on our own shortcomings, we’re slower than molasses in January.  More often than not, we’re guilty of the very sins we’re criticizing.  Well, you are, not so much me.

Yep, self-righteousness, hypocrisy, spiritual pride, or blind spots, call it whatever you want, it’s part of our DNA. We are quick to see the speck in someone else's eye before we take the planks out of our own eyes. 

Chapter one ends with those people who “do” what they know to be wrong and “approve” of others who do wrong.  At least they are consistent. Chapter two identifies a second group of people who “do” what they know is wrong, but “condemn” others who do the same things they are doing. The first group in chapter one disassociates themselves or anyone from God's righteousness.  The second group in chapter two claims they value God’s righteousness, but their lifestyle is not consistent.  We don’t become righteous by pointing out the sins of others.  When we are judgmental of others, we pronounce judgment on ourselves. (Discerning good and evil is a different category.) The holier-than-thou club is not the club we want to join.

The indictment continues (while the hope still prevails). Your subpoena has been issued. Don’t be in contempt of court.

See you in court Sunday.   

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