A Word of Warning

Paul begins his journey into describing the path of spiritual formation with a list of ways we act drawing us away from God in his letter to the Romans. Before proceeding with the solution, he pauses for a warning.

I have a special word of caution for you who are sure that you have it all together, and because you think you know God’s revealed word inside and out…The line from Scripture, “It’s because of you Jews that outsiders frown on God,” shows that it’s an old problem that is not going away.

Letter to the Romans, Message translation

“The Jews” were to be the light of God to the world. Their ancient scriptures criticized them. Paul, echoing what we hear Jesus say, brings it up to the his present day.

The question for me, and for you if you are part of a Christian church, is am I so convinced that I am right that I turn people off? More broadly, what part do Christians play in driving people away from God?

It’s too easy to criticize others. Especially those whom I cannot influence. But what about me? Do I lack humility? Do I cause people to turn away from God?

Questions for each of us to ponder in quiet meditation.

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