There can be many different definitions of ‘righteousness.’ It would seem, however, if we call ourselves Christians, that we would need to find out, most importantly, what God says righteousness looks like. Today in Ezekiel 18-19, God details for us how he defines righteousness. In fact, He gives us approximately 14 items that in the doing of or in the avoiding of would characterize one as righteous.
Some of the things listed are to avoid idolatry, not to be involved in adultery, to avoid arrogance and impurity, to be honest and charitable, not to be involved in robbing others and more. While, according to what we see in the New Testament, we are already completely righteous as a result of Jesus’ work on our behalf, we still have a responsibility to obey.
These same chapters tell us that sin brings death and that the death of the wicked does not please God. Why not, rather, act righteously and live? Why not, as God declares at the end of chapter 18, “repent and live”?!