For example, take the word righteous. In many minds the concept associated with righteous is morally perfect. Therefore a call to righteousness is a call to perfection. In some minds the word righteous is associated with the concept of hypocrisy. To these the call to righteousness is the call to insincere pretense. Righteous people are hypocrites who pretend to be something they obviously are notmorally perfect.
Luke 1:6 says Zacharias and Elizabeth both were righteous in the sight of God walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. Matthew 1:19 says that Joseph was a righteous man because he did not wish to disgrace Mary when he discovered her pregnancy. In Luke 1:28 an angel called Mary Gods favored one [or richly blessed one]. Luke 2:25 referred to Simeon as righteous and devout.
These are not the only people who were called righteous or highly favored. In these, consider some obvious things. (1) They were extremely sensitive to God. (2) They were conscientious in devoting themselves to Gods ways. (3) Their understanding of Gods ways was flexible enough to surrender to Gods purposes rather than question His acts.
If your wife was 50 years old (used only for illustration purposes), how would you feel if she told you she was pregnant? If your fianceé was pregnant and you had never been intimately involved with her, what would you think? If an angel told unmarried you that you would be pregnant before marriage, would you say, Behold, the bondservant of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38)? If God revealed to you that you would see His most wondrous act before death, would you recognize His act in the babys birth who offered hope to people regarded as your enemies (Luke 2:26-33)?
Being righteous before God is more than knowing a thus says the Lord. It is more than singing a cappella, taking communion weekly, and worshipping in our order. It is more than names, words, and vocabulary. It is more than issues and theological stances.
It is also expressing compassion for the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It is also caring about those who suffer around us. It is also seeing God at work in ways and matters we do not usually associate with Gods work. It is allowing the Sovereign God to be sovereign as He pursues His purposes. It is also being Gods servant who serveseven in the face of the unusual!
Are we righteous?
Link to other Writings of David Chadwell