Holier than thou

Chude Jideonwo
Jul 13, 2018 · 2 min read
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“An isolated man is cast into silhouette on the clifftop at Old Harry Rocks during sunset golden hour.” by Will van Wingerden on Unsplash

I am so terribly sorry to break the news to you: All these things you have done to live a moral, righteous, right-standing life, they are great. I admire them. They are necessary. I also try to live a moral life.

The world would collapse without a strong moral core, and people like you who make it possible with your integrity, your principles and your values? Thank you. We owe you gratitude.

But.

You’re no holier than anybody else. No matter what they do, no matter how many times they do it, no matter in what state their will was when they were doing it.

“Though their sins are as scarlet, he will make them white as snow.”

Some people will, of course, respond, angrily with: ‘But he asks you to be holy as he is holy’. Of course. And that’s precisely the point. 1 John 2:1–2 points you to the propitiation. We are all forgiven at the same time, in the same way, to the same degree and to the same effect.

And once you are forgiven, you are made white as snow — “holy as God is holy.”

So when it comes to morality, you obviously win, and we must thank you for your wisdom, your sacrifice and your heart.

But when it comes to holiness, we are all — always — on the same level. You get no extra points.

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