12. For as many outside the law sinned, and outside the law they will be destroyed, for as many were under the law sinned, through the law they will be judged. 13. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the ones who keep the law who will be justified. 14. For when the nations that do not have the law by nature, might do the requirements of the laws, these, though not having the Law, they are law unto themselves.
In our day and age’s post-modern idea that has this notion of fairness, equality and tolerance of all thoughts, Paul’s writings against moralism and moralist teachers and judges in Romans 2 is something very tempting to ignore or reason away. We don’t like that Paul is telling us that our moralism code or ‘law’ is wrong, or that someone else’s moralism code may be wrong as well. It doesn’t mater what form our moralism takes, even if my own moralism leads me to having no excuse from judging others for doing things that I myself am guilty of doing. If I take my own moralism to it’s logically extreme, I become self-condemned by the very law and moralism that I judge others against.
When we realize what hypocrites we are for judging others against our own false morality the true Law is acting on us. We begin to understand that by “works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin” (Rom 3:20). We confess we King Solomon that “surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins” (Eccles 7:20). Then we get on our knees and pray with the Psalmist “Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you” (Ps 143:2).