There’s None Righteous!

In a trial in a small town, a prosecuting attorney called his first witness to the stand: an elderly grandmother. He approached her and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know me?”

She responded, “Why yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a young boy. And frankly,you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you never will amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.”

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, “Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?’

She replied, “Why yes, I do. I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He’s lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. Yes, I know him.”

The defense attorney almost died at this point. The judge brought the courtroom to silence, called both counsellors to the bench, and in a very quiet voice said, “If either of you low-lifes asks her if she knows me, you’ll be jailed for contempt.”

The truth is that apart from Christ, none of us will ever amount to anything that will stand the test of time. We are all sinners and in desperate need of Him for salvation. “There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).”

STEPHEN P. TROXEL. Going The Distance: Life’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint. Pp. 211– 212

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