Romans 3:10-12 – “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”
How many stories have we heard over the years of the celebrity pastor, or celebrity Christian figure, who we established as being an example of someone we want to aspire to be like? We put them on a pedestal, and next thing you know, some scandal comes out about them. I’ve heard people lament this reality and say how we never do the same with non-Christian celebrities. Our standards are obviously different than the world’s standards, but just pay attention and you find the same story.
Tom Brady has been a well-respected quarterback in the NFL for the last 15 years. He was drafted in 2000 and now has won 4 Super Bowls, been named Super Bowl MVP 3 times, and NFL MVP 2 times. He has been to the Pro Bowl 10 times in his 15 year career. That is what you call a decorated professional player. Up until recently, he was overall respected by the vast majority of players, coaches, and fans in the league. With the news that has come out recently about him potentially cheating by having the balls deflated to be better for his own hands, we hear of another example of the “golden boy” falling from his high position.
His career will be questioned, and some are even saying he won’t make the Hall of Fame because of this. Whatever the end result is doesn’t really matter at this point. What appeared to be close to perfection is not.
This serves to remind us once again of the fact that no one is perfect. On one hand, we know that no one is perfect and we personally feel the inability to be perfect. In many ways, we don’t even feel the need to be reminded of that! The last thing we really want is another example of someone falling. What this story does is provide further evidence of the fact that Romans 3:10-12 is true! No one is righteous. No one is perfect.
When Lance Armstrong was interviewed by Oprah about his years of cheating while racing in the tour de France, he talked about the fact that the racing culture of the time revolved around doping in one form or another. He basically talked about the fact that, whoever would have won had he not, you can almost guarantee that they would have won because of cheating. No one is righteous, no not one.
These are examples where we can cite Romans 3:10 to our co-workers while we are talking by the work room water dispenser or to our neighbor as we talk in the midst of working on our yards. Conversations that start with cheating and men failing help us immediately lead into a conversation where we can openly acknowledge that we have all sinned. We have all fallen short of God’s glory and his standard of perfection.
Look for opportunities to lead the bad news of Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23 to the good news of Jesus Christ. Though we sin, Christ offers forgiveness!