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Tuesday, June 17, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Romans 3:5-12(NASB)
5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? The God who inflicts wrath is not unrighteous, is He? (I am speaking in human terms.) 6 May it never be! For otherwise, how will God judge the world? 7 But if through my lie the truth of God abounded to His glory, why am I also still being judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say (as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), "Let us do evil that good may come"? Their condemnation is just. 9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin; 10 as it is written, "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; 11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; 12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE."
I remember a passage of The Screwtape Letters where Screwtape suggest that the "patient" dwell upon the concept of "the body of Christ" and then force him look around him on Sunday and equate that to the motley assortment of parrisioners at his church. A good way to take the majesty out of the Church. We're all flawed vessels, both as individuals and as a collective, trying to point the way to a perfect God, and we do a poor job of it. However, we're what God has chosen to use to be His representatives. Our response to our imperfections is two fold: it should give us humility that we aren't perfect and a desire to become more perfect, heading towards God. One phrase my dad used to use was "If you can't be anything else in life, you can always be a bad example." Often, we serve that function, allowing God to show through our imperfections how good he is. However, we sometimes also show God's love through our good actions, showing love despite our imperfections. We're imperfect, but striving to get better and striving to know God more.

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