(cartoon courtesy of www.joemckeever.com)
it is written:‘There is no one who is righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10)
Which of these is you? Which is me? Both? Neither?
If I am being honest with myself, I acknowledge that I often give myself credit for being "above the line"--that imaginary line that represents the mid-point of humanity's bell curve of goodness. My life doesn't overflow with good works, but I contribute in my quiet ways, steadily. My public behavior is ethical, respectable, honest. I respect the rights of others and I seek no pride of place.
My inner life is a very different story. Inside myself I hoard all the little pleasures and I resent anyone or anything who would deny them to me. Mostly I want my time, spaces set aside when I can choose to do what I want, and let no one dare disturb me from my agenda! Is that selfish? Is it wrong?
I need--we all need--an occasional, or frequent, maybe daily--reality check. I'm not where I need to be. Ok, no one is, but that doesn't make for an excuse. We're all in need, desperate need.
The answer to that need is Paul's next point. Thank God the story doesn't end here.