Meditation for Monday

And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness? Romans 2:19

A Pennsylvania juvenile court judge was particulary harsh on some of the young people who were brought before his bench. Few of the youngsters, even those as young as ten years, escaped being sent to juvenile detention if they were unfortunate enough to appear before Judge Mark Ciavarella. One kid, for example, was sentenced to three months hard time for posting web page spoofs about an assistant principal. For such crimes such as possession of drug paraphernalia or stealing a jar of nutmeg, Judge Ciavarella ordered them to do even more hard time. But prosecutors began looking into some of the dealings behind the construction of the new Luzerne County youth detention centre that replaced the older county-run centre. And they found Ciavarella had received kick-backs from the private company that built and maintained the jail. He was even getting a bonus for every young person he sentenced to the jail. It is difficult to believe that any judge could turn out to be so corrupt, although it is comforting to know that Judge Ciavarella will himself be behind bars for several more years. Our text is speaking about not just one person, but an entire nation of people, who acted just as corruptly as Judge Ciavarella.

In our chapter, Paul is outlining his case against the Jewish religious people who were proud of the religion that they had received from God and that they were to display and share with the Gentile nations around them. Their pride in having received the oracles of God blinded them to the reality that the law not only condemned the wickedness of the Gentiles but also condemned their failure to observe the law. The Jews saw themselves as a guide to the blind and a light of them that were in darkness. But they were just as blind and just as dark as the Gentiles, a fact that they proved by rejecting their King when He appeared among them. And as Saul of Tarsus did before he was saved, they persecuted those who refused to fall in line with their doctrine. And then, the Jews themselves became the targets of persecution during the middle ages when the Romish church harrassed them mercilessly for their failure to recognize the new religion.

If we read Foxes Book of Martyrs, we will see how savagely Rome assumed the hypocritical mantle of being a guide to the blind and a light of them that were in darkness. They not only tortured the Jews, but also butchered untold millions of people who were brought into the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ. The history of the middle ages, written by Romish ‘scholars’, omits most of the gory details of Rome’s savage butchery of all who rejected and opposed the hypocricy, blasphemies, and idolatry of papacy. Is it any wonder that Romans 2 is so severe against those who would hold themselves up in pride as a guide to the blind and a light to tham that are in darkness?

We who have seen the light of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ do not hold up our salvation in pride or arrogance. We hold it up, not as a club of punishment, but as a banner of love to draw sinners to our Saviour. -Jim MacIntosh

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