2 Corinthians 10:12 “Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.”
Have you ever noticed that everyone seems to have some sense of morality? Racism and bigotry are often in the news today – and people’s hatred of it. Yet, some of these same people see absolutely nothing wrong with sexual immorality and would rail against those who would say such practices are “wrong.” The racists and bigots condemn those who do not see the world as they do, and yet they are apparently fine with hatred – nothing wrong with that in their eyes. People tend to be most comfortable around others that view the world as they do, and view others that may not agree with them as “intolerant.” Don’t you agree?
So, is anything really right or wrong? Some believe it is “wrong” to even think that there is a right and wrong about anything. So, what’s the standard? Whose value system is the right one? Does anyone really know?
In the Scripture above, we are told that the standard is definitely not other people. We are told we are “without understanding” whenever we measure ourselves by ourselves. In other words, if we use ourselves, i.e.,our own views, as the measuring stick to determine the “goodness” of what others think or do, we are unwise. Elsewhere the Bible uses stronger language for this, i.e., “foolishness.” The Bible claims that the God who made us all is the embodiment of Truth, and only He determines what is right or good.
So here we face another conundrum. What if this God of the Bible is Himself “not good?” What if the other “gods” that people follow are the standard? Jesus spoke to this when he said there is no one good, but God alone – and the God He was speaking about he called “the only true God” (John 17:3). He was speaking about the One He called His Father. He was pointing to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the one of Whom Moses said, “the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other” (Deuteronomy 4:39).
So, is this the God we should follow? How does He compare to the others? Who else died to pay the penalty for the sins of people that hated Him in order to forgive and save them? Who else rose from the dead? As Joshua said to those in his day “Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
We, in our time, have the same decision to make, for we will all serve and follow some “god” even if we think we are our own best judge, thus making ourselves “god.” As for me and my house – we will serve the Lord – the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for there is no one else that even remotely compares to Him.
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