“God, No!”

17 But if you bear the name “Jew” and rely upon the Law and boast in God, 18 and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, 21 you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? 24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” just as it is written.(Romans 2).

I cannot imagine anything worse than God’s name being blasphemed among unbelievers because of me.  Can you?  Does that not do something in your soul?  Does it not make you cringe inside?  “God, no!”

We know God’s will, we approve those things that are essential, we have been instructed in His ways, we are confident in our ability to guide others who are spiritually blind, we are a light in this present darkness, we are able to correct foolish teaching, we can teach those who are immature in the faith, and we can teach one another.  The question is, are we as willing to instruct and admonish ourselves as we are to do so with others?  Are we more afraid of God’s name being blasphemed by others because of ourselves — or because of others?

Lord, humble us This Day!  Cause us to look inside ourselves more than to try to look inside others?  Help us to be more concerned with the logs in our own eyes than with the specks in others — that Your name might not be blasphemed because of us!  Amen.