If you’re reading this, you’re probably a pretty religious person. Like me, you try to be a good church-going Christian, a good citizen, and a good person. These things, we hope, will be appreciated by God, especially on judgment day. Last week in church, we looked at the down escalator of sin that begins when people suppress the truth about God. Then, the escalator travels downward pretty quickly into all kinds of sin and twisted behaviors. Romans 1 is one of those rare sections where is one of those rare sections where unrighteousness is shown for what it really is – seriously ugly and vile. Paul lists 20 evils. The last four are “foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”
Bad stuff! None of us wants to end up at the bottom of that escalator ride! Yet, the very next verse (Romans 2:1) says that we “practice the very same things.” What? That must be a misprint. Those people are bad. I’m good. Right? This Sunday, we will see that, in one way or another, we all find ourselves at the bottom of the escalator. We ALL stand desperately in need of God’s grace. And, no, we get no extra credit for being religious when we sin. God’s grace is AMAZING! This week’s passage helps us see just how amazing it is. Hope you will join us.