Heather Heyer [HI-er] died in Virginia when a hate-filled man rammed his car into people protesting injustice. The woman’s parents described their daughter as fun-loving but outspoken when she saw injustice. Like this woman, the Apostle Paul knew hypocrisy was wrong. He spoke out against people who profess to be righteous but who harbor hate in their hearts. In Romans chapter 2, he spoke to those who criticize pagans for their blatant violation of God’s moral laws while professing to be righteous. He writes, “When you say they [PAGANS] are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers. But he will pour out his anger and wrath on those who live for themselves, who refuse to obey the truth and instead live lives of wickedness.” So people today—hypocritical or not—who promote hate and injustice ought not to ignore God’s words by the Apostle Paul.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.
Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More