John was driving on the highway doing 70 in a 55 zone. Several cars passed him doing 75 or more. A state patrol pulled John over and gave him a ticket for speeding. John was outraged. He spoke up to the officer, “I know I was going over the speed limit but many others were going faster than me! Why didn’t you pull them over?” The officer looked at John and said, “You were the one that set off the radar gun. You were speeding. Does the fact that others are doing worse than you make your actions better?” The officer gave John the ticket and said, “please obey the speed limit and don’t justify your driving by someone who is driving worse than you. Have a nice day.”
Who’s sin is greater? Yours or theirs? Does it matter? Sin is sin.
Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)
22 This righteousness is given through faith in[a] Jesus Christ to all who believe.There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Matthew 7:2-4 (NIV)
2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?