Be God’s Light to the World (Romans 2)

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Today’s chapter of Romans 2, continues on with what we were saying yesterday. Here Paul again quotes an Old Testament prophet, “The Gentiles blaspheme the name of God because of you” (Isaiah 52:5, Romans 2:24 NLT). Yesterday we discussed holding the world to a different standard than it holds itself to, but today Paul is showing that we can be the cause from people to turn against God.

God is the judge of sin, not man (2:2). However, Paul writes “Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things” (2:3 NLT). This doesn’t mean you can only judge someone if you don’t commit the same sin they do. Rather, God only sees sin as sin. Unlike us, God does not view it as lying, stealing, murdering, cheating, etc (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Instead, for Him, it is sin and is all equally just as bad. So if you sin, you cannot judge others of sin.

But as Christians, we are to be the light of the world. I believe that we should live our lives according to the Will of God. Which means, to me, that we may give our opinions of sin when asked. We can’t stand on our soapbox and tell the world everything they have done wrong, because honestly, I’ve done it too (and so have you!). However, we can pray for them, even if our opinion isn’t asked of us. You never know, God could give you a whole knew way to interact with these people that is beneficial for the both of you. When Christians get on a soapbox, people turn away and get a bad opinion of God. Which leads us right back to 2:24.

So keep yourselves focused on what is right. Live according to the Bible and the Will of God. Keep your opinions of other people actions between you and God. When you are asked, give the opinion God would. The point is not to tell people what they do is wrong. The point is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the message of a God who love you and me!

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