Politics & Religion: The Goodness of God
In these troubled economic times, increasing unrest in the Middle East, political ineptitude at every turn domestically and internationally, and seemingly impending natural disasters (from the fraud of “man-made” global warming to what is now ridiculously predicted to be the approaching ice age, to the 900 or so earthquakes in Yellowstone within one week of December 26, purportedly signaling the eventual cataclysmic eruption of the massive volcano underneath), Christians can and need to rest in the goodness of God.
I really don’t know how the unsaved will make it. Already there are many reports of suicides of people who have lost everything financially. Millions are investing their hope and expectations in the new Obama administration, and those expectations are likely to do as badly as the average investment in Bernie Madoff’s multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme. Is there any real difference between Madoff’s massive fraud and the trillions in debt being incurred to “save” the economy? It is amazing to me what grown people will believe anymore.
Some believe judgment is coming to America, as well as the rest of the world. And while some things are going to be judged, I believe the judgments of God are redemptive in nature, at least for those who are willing to repent. I believe God is going to judge the church first before He judges America, for America is in the shape its in because the church has allowed it. But I also believe God is going to do some of His most awesome work on the earth in the days ahead, probably continuing from now until the Lord returns.
Speaking of which, some are looking for the “rapture” at any moment. I find the “beam me up, Jesus” mentality to be less than productive. I’m all for the return of the Lord at the earliest opportunity, and scripture suggests we are to look forward to the appearing of the Lord, but seeing so many Christians hunkering down and doing nothing using the “imminent return of the Lord” as an excuse is unbecoming of a true believer.
Psalm 2 kind of sums it all up this way:
Why are the nations in an uproar and the peoples devising a vain thing? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!” (The very definition – and danger – of liberalism, by the way). He who sits in the heavens laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger and terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain.” “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession. ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.’” Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
When thoroughly analyzed and accurately discerned, God’s goodness toward us is both stunning and overwhelming. Deserving of hell for our rebellion against him, He has made a way to reconcile us to Himself. Jesus took our punishment upon Himself, and all we have to do is to believe in Him and what He did, and that is amazing. It is all or nothing though. With genuine faith in, and a life lived for Jesus, we are ushered into eternal life. Without Jesus, eternal damnation is a self-chosen destiny.
Psalm 34:8 and 9 says “O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! O fear the LORD, you His saints; for to those who fear Him there is no want.
In the days ahead, we must rest in the Lord our refuge, and trust His goodness and love toward us. Live for Him. Do not withdraw from people and the troubles of the world around us, but “live out loud” more than ever. The world is awash in lie. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). That is an exclusive statement. No one else – nothing else – is the way, the truth, or the life. This is the “be all” and “end all” of life. It is the summation of all that is, and certainly all that matters.