Yesterday, we looked at Lucado’s parable.
It’s a parable titled, “The Parable of the River“.
Briefly, I gave you all a taste of Max Lucado’s book, “In The Grip Of Grace“. Specifically, Lucado’s metaphoric parable relating to the first few chapters of Romans. Before reading any further, may I suggest reading my previous post to gain some context?
Okay, hopefully you’re caught up. Before we jump into addressing the brother on the hillside from Lucado’s parable, we’re going to take quick look at Romans 2:1-16. Go ahead, click the link or grab your Bible and give it a read.
The second word in this passage is “therefore”.
From “therefore”, we establish a follow-up statement from chapter 1. A quick flip back shows us that Romans 1, focused on a pile of sins including but not limited to; envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. Paul also mentions some sexual immorality.
Bottom line, this church has problems; “therefore…“
Now doesn’t it feel good hearing about how much God hates those sinners in chapter 1?
“Yeah, you tell ‘em Paul! Let the wrath of God come down on all those sinners. Oh, and I’m glad you went into detail about those homos and perverts; cause they’re the last people we want coming into our church!“
This is where our brother on the hill comes in!
All of a sudden, we sound just like him; scoffing at the sinners below. This is why Paul indicates a “therefore” at the beginning of Romans 2! Paul has definitely laid the smack down on sin!
However, the Gospel is not some religion based on a church full of finger-pointers!
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?” (Rom. 2:1-3)
These statements are just as true today as they were back then. So many of us have secrets; packed away deep in our hearts.
Yet, we dare not tell a soul!
If you believe that Christians aren’t struggling with envy and deceit; you’re mistaken. If you believe that Christians aren’t struggling with rage and malice; you’re mistaken.
Furthermore, if you believe that Christians aren’t struggling with all forms of sexual immorality; you’re mistaken. All of sudden, the brother on the hill starts to look a lot like you and I. Aren’t we so good at setting levels of sin?
When we’re up on our hilltop looking down, it’s so easy for us to start categorizing who should be judged more severely.
Check back on Monday for Part 3.
We’ll continue our continuing discussion on Lucado’s parable, and Paul’s instruction to the Roman church.