Bad apple or good?

Romans 3:1-8

What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?  Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:

                  “That You may be justified in Your words,

                   And may overcome when You are judged.”

But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world?

 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just.

Mankind loves to generalize.  One characteristic, one flaw, one aspect will often be applied to the whole group.  So if some who claim the name of Christ do not follow his teachings and so bring criticism upon the whole group does that eliminate those who claim the name of Christ and do follow his teachings?  And do the actions of those who do not follow the teachings negate the salvation that Christ brought?  ” For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?” The world mind-set will find fault.  Finding fault does not cast doubt on the whole.  Yet we see this in everyday life.  If one group of business men do business dishonestly, we hear that applied to all business men.  Can we be aware of the mind-set when we hear discussions or disparaging statements being made?  Can we also thank God that He is faithful regardless of how mankind chooses to view his actions?  Paul asked a question that is still being asked; “Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? ”  Does God need our approval?  His follow-up question: “how will God judge the world?” answers the first.  If a judge does not pass judgment to our liking does that cancel his judgment?  And so we see that God remains faithful and those of us who question and look for ways to cast doubt on God’s work will be held accountable.  Take away:  While it is distressing to hear so much said against Christianity as a result of the actions of some, they are not true statements when applied to all.  We can take hope and stand in our faith knowing that God is faithful.  We can look to our own lifestyle and take care that no one can say when looking at us that we do not follow the teachings of Christ.  We will all stand before God one day and give an accounting.  Let’s be found among the faithful.

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