I’m guessing we all know a person who says one thing, but then does another. We know how frustrating that is, and how it erodes trust. However, have we ever been guilty of it? My guess is, we have all been guilty at least once in our life. I would say, we are most often guilty as parents. Therefore, Paul’s words to the Romans are just as important to churches as it is to us as parents. Paul writes in Romans 2:1-2, “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.”
Paul is beginning to make his theological case that we are all sinners who are guilty before God. He says here that there are those who are condemning others while doing the same things. Paul is calling these people hypocrites. It is the same charge that Jesus leveled at the Pharisees in Matthew 23. They were telling people to do the right things, while doing the very sins they were judging the people for. Yet, notice what he says in verse 2, God is going to judge according to the truth. It reminds me of the saying I have heard before, “You can fool some people all the time, and you can fool all people some of the time; however, you won’t fool God any of the time.” And since God is the One who will judge us, He is the One we should be the most concerned about. There is no fooling God. He not only knows what we say and what we do, but God also knows the very thoughts of our heart and mind. Therefore, we must live the example that we preach. So often, people are more concerned with their reputation instead of their character. However, it is our character that is the “real” us. Your reputation is what people think of you. Your character is who you are when no one else is around. For us as parents, it becomes very important that we act the same at home with our spouse and family as we do at the church. Our spouse and family are our first disciples, and we will reproduce what we are. If this causes a knot to rise up in your stomach, just know that there is grace for your failures. None of us are perfect. I have had to go back and apologize on more than one occasion either at church or in my home. I praise God for His grace, because without it, I would be hopeless and helpless. Don’t read this blog as a message of condemnation, but rather of hope; the hope offered to us in the cross and by the grace of God. Our sin should never cause us to run away from God. Instead, it should cause us to run to God. Do you need to run to God today? The good news is, He is easy to find! Don’t delay, run to Him now, and experience His forgiving and transforming grace. Then, pray and ask for His help for you to learn and to grow from your sin, and watch what the all-powerful God can do.
By His grace and for His glory,