“Looking for Loopholes”

Do you think, O man, who judges those who do such things, and who does the same thing, that you will escape the judgment of God?
—Romans 2:3


W. C. Fields, the old-time comedian who in his professional persona seemed to be in a continual state of inebriation, came to the final illness of his life. He was in the hospital and neither he nor his friends or doctors gave him much hope. One of his friends, who had known him for many years and had seen his disdain for religion and everything godly and moral, walked into the hospital room. He stopped as if he had run into a pane of glass, because there before his eyes was W. C. Fields in his hospital bed reading the Bible. His friend said in utter amazement, “W. C., what in the world are you doing?” And he replied, “I’m looking for a loophole . . . looking for a loophole.”

It seems that there are lots of people who are looking for loopholes—who are trying to find some way to escape the just consequences of their sins.

There is no way around God’s judgment, but there is one who went under it and has promised a way of escape.


Question to ponder: What would your response be if you could have talked to W. C. Fields?