If you detest reading anything about the fact that God judges, then turn your eyes quickly from this writing.
Do not pay any attention to it. Sluff it off. Ignore this content. Give it your evil eye, or roll your eyes. Shake your head, or turn your head, for it might affect your thinking and your relationship with God.
Generally, people do not like to consider the fact that God judges. Many people associated with the Church do not like it either. But, God judges sinful practices that run contrary to the expressed will of God. Can you blame Him when all that He has done for us is considered?
Who is willing to raise their hand right now in support of God judging sin? The Psalmist does, for one. As a matter of fact, he expects God to judge sin. He wrote, “Arise, O God, judge the earth, for to you belong all the nations.”
The Psalmist had prophetic insight to God taking action to judge because earthly judges are messing things up and are not regarding the basic moral “foundations” of society. We see this very clearly in how the judges ruled prayer out of our public schools, judges removed postings of the Ten Commandments, judges made the law supportive of taking away babies lives in a mother’s womb, judges changed the parameters that marriage morally correct is between one man with one woman, and judges made the law to support sodomy to be a sacrosanct institution in which Godly people cannot say anything against.
Why have people turned against the judgment of God and acquiesced to judges who apparently, according to the Psalmist, “have neither knowledge nor understanding” how to judge fairly? These only stir up societal and moral angst and confusion because of their personal bias and politically correct perspectives. Has it occurred to you recently that there would be no civil rights issues or problematic deviancies if we remained consistent to the absolute truths of God?
Personally, I ascribe a big part of the problem to the Church and people associated with it. First of all, we do not faithfully live out the Commandments the way we should. People associated with the Church cannot make a difference because we consistently do not live a difference. “Hypocritical” is an appropriate term to apply.
Second, people associated with the Church fail to treat other people the way God would have us to treat others. There is racial mistreatment manifested by many associated with the Church. God does not demonstrate judgment according to racial lines. Furthermore, there are erroneous and heartless judgments made by people associated with the Church about others. God does not do that. God does not flap His tongue with mean-spirited intent. Who wants to associate with people of the Church who are un-Christ-like in their gossips? It only turns many people away from wanting to relate rightly to God.
Third, people associated with the Church do not know what God’s Word says. They do not read it. They cannot cite it with any insight or heart-felt conviction. Many even go to church without their Bibles. Jerry Vines, a stalwart preacher of God’s Word, once said that if people of the Church would ever simultaneously take their Bibles and wipe off the dust, the largest dust storm in history would occur.
In the meantime, people generally despise any discussion about God judging sin because they do not thoroughly consider why God judges sin and how God has judged sin. In so many terms, sin is a soul-killer, and God has supremely judged our sin through the Death and Crucifixion of His Son, Jesus Christ. In doing so, God judged our sin fairly in that He did everything necessary Himself in such a way so as to preserve the expectations of His holiness and righteousness. After all, we could not accomplish God’s loving goals for us ourselves.
God assures us that He judges fairly, for, “He has appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He has ordained; whereof He has given assurance unto all men, in that He has raised Jesus from the dead.”
The Rev. Ron Branch is pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Mason, W.Va.