Our Kryptonite

14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of men through Christ Jesus (Romans 2).

Everyone instinctively has morals of some kind, depending upon the environment within which they are nurtured.  Some morals are bad, others are more to our own, but the principle is the same — everyone knows what they should or shouldn’t do.  Everyone has laws of some kind that direct them, and everyone has a conscience that tells them whether or not they are following those laws as they should — again, whether those laws are good or bad.

This conscience contains all our dirty little secrets (kryptos) concerning how we have failed to follow all the laws dictated by our conscience.  Thus, the conscience is our kryptonite; it is that which brings us all down whenever we come face to face with it.  Our mouths may not admit our failures to others, but our conscience cannot help but admit it to ourselves in its effort to push us to conform to it.

Do we not even judge those whose conscience is so seared that they appear to have none — do we not judge them as the very worst among us?  Are not the most egregious descriptions like psychopath and degenerate reserved for those people?  Are they not considered to be Supersinners?  

I think what endeared Superman to us the most, was not his supernatural powers, but his natural weakness — which made him more like us.  God gave us a conscience from which to reveal all our dirty little secrets.  Those secrets that we refuse to face now, will be revealed in the end.

Thank You, Lord, for giving us a conscience!  Help us This Day to embrace it and be drawn to it — always quick to admit our failings to You, ourselves, and others.  Amen.