Faith Over Works
...Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because [the Israelites] did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. – Romans 9:30-32
If it's anything that Paul is trying to make clear, he wants his readers to know that righteousness cannot be earned. We sinners cannot earn our way into God's righteousness, for all have sinned (Romans 3:23).
But if the story ended there, there would be no point in going on. For the gift of God for those who believe is eternal life through Christ Jesus (Romans 6:23). God is merciful, and He chose to love us first.
In this world, we like to establish our own system of reward. Capitalism claims the rule of meritocracy, where every person earns their wages. But the problems with capitalism are vast inequality becomes increasingly widened over time, ever-increasing consumption that burns through all of earth's resources, and a never-ending debt ceiling of borrowing from the future that we know we cannot ever resolve. That's just to name a few.
Communism claims the rule of equal distribution where the state owns all property and distributes goods to its people. But then there are problems with the lack of production because there's no longer any incentive for anybody to work.
There are several other forms of government (monarchy, oligarchy, etc.) that humans have tried. They're all flawed. Only God's rule is perfect and just. And we can join His kingdom and stop hopelessly believing in the world.
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