“God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is anyone who understands, who seeks after God. Everyone of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (53:2-3)
It’s pretty gutsy how Paul quotes 53 in Romans. That letter was written to a church which was a mixture of Jews and Gentiles. Of course, there was major prejudice between them from centuries of segregation. The Jews were feeling pretty generous, indeed, to be sharing their God with Gentiles now, but certainly felt a bit self-righteous about it. So what does Paul do? He levels the playing field and reminds the Jewish people of a Psalm, written in the midst of their proud history, about how no one is righteous by birthright.
We all need the grace and mercy of the LORD. Putting on a face and editing ourselves only gives us a false sense of piety, and sometimes even heaps shame on others who feel they can’t measure up.
Remembering our common brokenness may be uncomfortable, but it’s very important. Let’s step off our high horses and extend the grace to one another that we, ourselves need. Base this on the incredible grace and mercy of God, who didn’t rescue us because we were so good at trying, or showed so much potential. He saves us because of His lovingkindness towards His beloved creation.