Living Up to or living down …

Romans 2:24 caught my eye. Could be there are two streams to help us follow Jesus today. First, we might consider moving away from viewing the passage from verse 17-24 as an address to individuals. Collectively the “Jew” would represent the nation. Paul seems to charge Israel as opposed to individuals. I know the argument – individuals make up the whole. Consider re-reading the prophets and see how they address Israel in the collective/communal sense. Second, the reaction of the other nations was not an honoring of God but dishonoring God. The people of God would be light but instead were darkness. As a consequence those around them scorned God, blasphemed God, on the basis of the failure of the people of God to be the people of God.

Do we live up to or down to? Living up to brings honor to God and blessing to the world. Living down to brings scorn and blasphemy and continued darkness.

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.