The Trouble with the Law (Romans 2:23)

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A twenty-five year veteran of the Internal Revenue Service was convicted of income tax evasion. The IRS auditor was caught trying to exploit what he thought was a flaw in the system. About the time that story made headlines, the Detroit News ran a feature article on the growing problem of the unethical and immoral conduct of some criminal court judges. The article raised the question, “Who’s going to judge the judges?”

The lawlessness of people familiar with the law is not confined to courtrooms and the IRS. There is one law that we all have broken – God’s law. Worse than that, some religious people take pride in their relationship to that law. Without fail, these people are exposed by the very law they love. The law of God reveals all self-professed lawkeepers to be lawbreakers.

Writing to the Romans, Paul made it clear that the law of God should never be used as basis for self-righteous pride. Instead, it should be used to show how much we all need God’s mercy. The law is a school-master or tutor to bring us to Christ so that we can be justified by faith (Galatians 3:24). Only when we rely on God’s mercy rather than on our record of keeping the law will we bring honor to the Lord. And only then can we be “delivered from the law” (Romans 7:6). – Martin R. De Haan II

In Christ, we can all live above the law.

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