The Romans 3:23 Effect

The biblical teaching that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” is one of those teaching that does not affirm us in our okayness very much. It’s something that utopians like to forget in their deathless faith in the perfectibility of man. One excellent way to forget it is to focus with righteous rectitude on the evils of others while focusing on the nobility of oneself. The NY Times, parent of the Boston Globe, scourge of fallen bishops and corrupt Enron execs, is now learning the reality that Romans 3:23 is not meant vindictively, but is simply a cold, sober description of the Real World, including at the offices of the Times. The lesson *we* need to take away from this is not, “Ha! Gotcha!” but “[insert my name here] has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. It’s just a matter of when, not if, our failings and corruption will be shown up in broad daylight, you know.