September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Since the fall in Genesis, our sinful nature manifests itself as an urge to know better than God, and in fact, an urge to replace God with ourselves. This is the root cause of all self-righteousness that Jesus unveiled and deconstructed so effectively in His ministry. In Romans 14:1-12, self-righteousness takes on the form of judging others. The warning is clear: “Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?” (14:4); “You then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” (14:10). This passage points out how quickly we want to take God’s place as judge when differences of opinion occur between us. We are all too eager to justify and rationalize our own perspectives with an argument that puts God on our side, and then judge others who think different from us that they have not seen the light the way we do. The bottom line is that we are not God, and that “each of us will give an account of himself to God” (14:12) who is the One who will ultimately make the judgment. Do you carry any judgment of others in your heart? Can you embrace difference rather than vilify it?