“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.’” (Romans 3.9-11)
In Romans 3.9-11, Paul confronts the idea that Jews, or any group of people, are better off than any other. The reason is because we are all sinners. In saying “both Jews and Greeks” Paul was including all people, saying that we are all under sin, none is in better shape before God.
Secondly, we find that there are no true “seekers” for God. All, in their human failings, choose our own way. The craze popular in the past few decades of the super-duper mega-humongous church movement using a lot of money and having all the bells and whistles, known as the “Seeker-Sensitive Church” is a farce. We are told here in Romans third chapter that people do not seek after God. “NO ONE SEEKS AFTER GOD.” That leaves room for nary a soul. Seeking after God is not a choice any human being will make on his or her own.
This section continues with quotes through verse 18, which ends, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (from Psalm 36.1)
This paints a grim picture for us all. However, it is building a case that will demonstrate God’s grace for us, found in Christ. Though we refuse, on our own, to seek after God, Jesus came to us to seek after us for God. With the power of the Holy Spirit bringing conviction, we can break free of our natural inclinations and finally seek God. However, God’s intervention is necessary.
Let us come humbly to God, understanding He made the way for us to be His. If it were solely up to us we would be lost.