On Justice : Judge not and you will not be judged Romans 2:1-11

On Justice: Judge not and you will not be judged 

Romans 2:1-11 

Therefore, you are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things. We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true. Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance? By your stubbornness and impenitent heart,you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath and revelation of the just judgment of God, who will repay everyone according to his works: eternal life to those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good works, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness. Yes, affliction and distress will come upon every human being who does evil, Jew first and then Greek. 10 But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, Jew first and then Greek. 11 There is no partiality with God.

 

Jews over Gentiles?

There has been a general presumption from the history of the Church that the Jews are superior to the Gentiles. It is because of the Gentiles’ moral status before God. The Gentiles were known for their disobedience and their going against the faith. Yes, it is true, but even so, Paul, in this letter to the Romans portrays a God who is just, a God who judges not according to the favors and privileges that one received, but according to one’s works and efforts.

Paul explains that though the Jews received special revelations from God, compared to the Gentiles, they are definitely not excused from the law of God. He also emphasized that they, who judge those who go against the law are no better than the ones they accuse.

 

God is a God of justice.

To him, a Gentile or Jew, will receive glory, honor and peace if he does good, but affliction and distress if he does evil.

Christians who are deeply knowledgeable of the faith, those who study Theology, the Scriptures and those who are called to follow Christ radically through a consecrated life, are so privileged. Those who consider their relationship with God of utmost importance definitely are granted special graces. However, they should not in any way cling to the idea that they are earning more tokens to heaven than those who are living the ordinary Christian lives.

The above letter of St. Paul to the Romans, reminds us, that whatever state of life we have, we are in no way superior to others. Living a righteous life at the moment does not exempt us from the law of God. More so when we ourselves, who understand and proclaim the law contradict it through our own actions and manner of life.

We are all the same – sinners before our God.

No man is in any way above his fellow being because we are made equal by God’s redemptive act through Jesus Christ. Sinners though we are, God through His Son and our Lord, continues to love us. He holds us and leads us so that at the final judgement,we may all experience the light of His glory.

God’s just judgement is based on our constant striving to make ourselves worthy of the Father’s love and compassion. We must not count on the gifts and privileges we receive but rather consider ourselves equal to all and live a life just to all.

As we await God’s judgement, let us practice justice each day. 

 

Points for Reflection:

Do I treat people fairly?

Do I judge a person according to his one bad deed?

What do I do to always remember that God is the sole judge of all?

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