“But,” some might say, “our sinfulness serves a good purpose, for it helps people see how righteous God is. Isn’t it unfair, then, for him to punish us? (This is merely a human point of view.) Of course not! If God were not entirely fair, how would he be qualified to judge the world? “But,” someone might still argue, “how can God condemn me as a sinner if my dishonesty highlights his truthfulness and brings him more glory?” And some people even slander us by claiming that we say, “The more we sin, the better it is!” Those who say such things deserve to be condemned. Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous – not even one.” (Romans 3:5-10)
Humans don’t like to admit we’ve done anything wrong. We want to hide and not be discovered, so we make excuses. We come up with some doozies – quite often we blame our wrongdoings on God. Saying, “God makes me righteous after I sin and repent, so I am giving Him a chance to show that He always keeps His promises,” is a very clever excuse. It is like saying, “The more we sin, the better it is!” But those who call us on our clever excuses also deserve to be condemned. Why? Because we are all under the power of sin. And sin is powerful; it overtakes us! That is why, “No one is righteous – not even one!” Those who steal, murder, and rape are not righteous. Those who think they are perfect, deceive themselves and are not righteous. Those who don’t know God are not righteous. Those who pride themselves on their religion cannot do the works that they teach, so they are not righteous either. We all fall short. We need God to restore us, to make us righteous again.