3 characters really helped organise/ group ideas in Romans.
· Younger son – the Gentile - Romans 1:21-25
-younger son as an example of people pursuing appetites
-The father in the story let the son pursue his course (Romans 1: 24)
This is all captured by the attitudes and behaviour of the younger son: exploitative, breaking relationships, reckless spending, pandering to appetites and his ultimate disillusionment.
· Older son
Paul turns his attention to religious people who know God.
They are prone to criticism and think themselves better, taking the moral high ground.
If we are honest we do this all the time, ending up idolising moral righteousness and outward appearances.
Chapter 2: 17-21a, 23,24
Ch 14: Paul says DON'T JUDGE! AT ALL.
Paul doesn’t upbraid those making theological mistakes in disputes, it is those who might be right who he targets!
What are our motives when judging?
All have turned away from God; no-one is right with God:
- not the Jews/older brother/ religious types, long standing Christians;
- not the Gentile/ younger brother/indulgent types
· Father Luke 3:21