Monday, September 23, 2019
What really damns. . .
The Jeffery Epstein death (was it murder or suicide?) has provoked again the idea that for some, hell is too good and that the world ought to get a vote on who should be condemned there. To be damned in the court of public opinion is more significant than to the come under the scrutiny of God's judgment or suffer His eternal condemnation. It seems that the real judgment that matters is when the world deems these so guilty that they are beyond redemption.
Mass murderers, especially of children, fit such a bill. So do those who violate the prevailing social mores (from those who misgender to those who adhere to the values of the Kingdom while the world has moved on). In other words, we reserve to ourselves the ability to grant eternal judgments against those whom we abhor but we refuse to grant to God any accountability for good and evil.
It is a curious situation in which we find ourselves. On the one hand our culture seems to reject out of hand the idea that there is any divine power or being to hold accountable any and all people, On the other hand, we seem to reserve to ourselves the judgment by which we condemn the objectionable to a fate worse than death. What is even more curious is that we cannot even agree to what constitutes sin EXCEPT in the case of the most egregious wrongs. So the standard if judgment is always moving, sometimes to the surprise of those doing the judging even as to those being judged!
We want a hierarchy of guilt as much as want the right and privilege of determining who is guilty! At the same time, we want to be able to define guilt and to determine how the guilty should suffer. It should not be lost to us that we are terribly inconsistent in this. Isn't it really simpler and more straight forward to trust in the Law of God to define what is wrong and what is right and then to assign to God the judgment that discerns not only the guilt or innocence but what is just and what is merciful? Perhaps we will never learn unless the Lord reveal it to us.