God’s Justice

imageThere’s no end to the Internet outrage after a Texas teen who killed four people appears to have gotten a lenient sentence precisely because he’s from a wealthy, privileged family. His defense was “affluenza”. People are demanding that this young man pay for his crime. They are demanding justice. Amidst all this talk about justice, there is this false notion that we aren’t going to be held accountable to God’s eternal justice; that forgiveness with God is no big deal. People somehow think that God should just give us a pass, no matter who we are or what we’ve done. Many people look at God as some grand-fatherly type being that would never harm or hurt anything. They have eliminated the aspect of God’s nature that would punish the evildoer. They fail to see the other view of God presented by the Scriptures. Yes, our God is a God of love, kindness, compassion, but He is also a God of vengeance. (Heb. 10:30-31) “For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. While Paul gives us advice, he also shows the nature of God to us: (Rom. 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord”. Just as much as the nature of God is love, the Hebrews writer reveals that His nature is a consuming fire. “For our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12:29). It is amazing that men want justice in this world, but then expect less of God.   http://m.ajc.com/news/news/national/outrage-over-rich-teens-affluenza-defense-4-deaths/ncJXL/?icmp=cmgcontent_internallink_relatedcontent_2013_morepopularheadlines4

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