Sunday, July 12, 2009

Worldly "Righteousness"

A good insight came to me during the Pastor's sermon. We were in Philippians 3:9 " not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ..". The point was made that people are looking for righteousness. They have a kind of righteousness, like in Hollywood movies where there are often righteous themes. These themes can be about justice, love, enduring family values, "the triumph of the human spirit", etc, but it's NOT God's righteousness, so it's an abomination before God.

The world doesn't know God's righteousness. Yet it's pursuit of righteous themes, demonstrates the image of God in all, and the natural moral law prewritten on the human soul. Even in their denial of God's righteousness, they in fact show it's existence. In fact, world rebellion against God is actually a form of worldly righteousness, in that, the world revels in it's hatred of the Biblical LORD, as though it was actually a tolerant, equitable, enlightened attitude. Yet it's full of darkness. After all, the world's righteousness is SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. And that leads to what Paul called RUBBISH ( Philippians 3:8)

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