Read Romans 2:12–29 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. 17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” 25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God. You… rely on the law and boast… Romans 2:17 When I was a boy living in Iowa, a shallow creek ran through our farm. I can still hear my parents warning me about the sandy shore at one of the creek’s bends. “Watch out! Watch out for sinking sands!” they would say. They told me stories of people who walked too close to such water-saturated sands. Suddenly they would sink deeply and couldn’t get out by themselves. In today’s scripture passage, St. Paul warns his readers to stop counting on their lineage, traditions, and performance. You get no bragging rights for that, he says. If you trust in them, you will sink. But Christ is a firm foundation. Edward Mote put it well in his hymn, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less”: On Christ the solid rock I stand,All other ground is sinking sand. Now there’s a solid thought. Let that sink in! PrayerLoving God, you are my solid rock. Keep me from sinking sands. Amen.