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Romans blog post 20: Learning

September 13, 2015

  Romans 2:17-24

Jesus constantly seemed to have trouble with people who called themselves Jews but didn’t live up to it. They described themselves as children of Abraham. 

Jesus wasn’t impressed.
He called them hypocrites.

They quickly fell out with him.

Those who were truly Jews spotted him when he came.

Paul speaks out against the same issue.

Whether you are Jew or gentile it comes down to how you respond to Jesus. By commitment to him and a life lived.

Some of those Paul wrote to called themselves Jews. They relied on God’s law, they boasted in God, they knew his will for themselves.

At least that’s what they told people.

Other people were blind. They had the truth and understanding.

They were guides, teachers and preachers.

But it didn’t work if they didn’t guide teach and preach to themselves.

The uncomfortable realisation about preaching is that the preacher speaks to himself as well.

Jesus challenged the Jews of his day that they burdened people with their teaching, but whilst they expected much of others they did not follow their own teaching.

They didn’t practice what they preached.

It is a nonsense to say “don’t steal” and then live the life of a thief.

It is crazy to say “don’t commit adultery” and then sleep around.

To speak against idolatry and engage in false worship.

Boasting in the law while breaking the law.


Such behaviour brings God’s name too into disrepute.

When John Lennon imagined “no religion too”, was it the hypocrisy of religion he shunned? Was it those who could twist Jesus’ message of love into one of hate?

The world needs a whole lot more of true religion.

The Bible rarely talks about religion:

James 1:27 “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

Even religious people don’t get it right. None of us is consistent in our words and our actions.

If we want to be teachers then we have got to learn.


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