Recently, my wife read the Dutch Sheets blog post entitled, Increase Your Faith - It's Time! In it, he talks about an often misunderstood passage of scripture.
It's easy to look at the Bible and see God's judgment in certain circumstances as harsh or unfair or simply over-reactive. One part of the Bible where this often happens is in Numbers 15:32-36. In this verse, God actually commands the Israelites to kill somebody with stones because he was picking up sticks.
It's become increasingly popular to love Jesus but hate other Christians. After all, there is no doubt that Christians can be judgmental. As a result, our knee-jerk reaction may be to distance ourselves from other Christians. But in our effort to back away from the perilous cliff called judgment, we can easily stumble backward over the other side of it.
Our continued existence is predicated on always being responsive (whether for our jobs or other social pressures). Yet, ironically, it's in always making ourselves available that we miss out on the most important thing: a close relationship with God.
How do we raise young kids in a time like this? It can be a little discouraging, to say the least. But, if we do nothing about it and allow our kids to soak up whatever popular culture believes, then we are building their future on sand. We are robbing them of a solid foundation.
One of the beautiful messages behind the gospel is that all are equal in God's sight. It doesn't matter if you are a man or woman, rich or poor, black or white. We are all God's image bearers. No one is born better than another. No one can say I am without sin, for we are all sinners in need of redemption in Christ Jesus. Yet, is it enough?
This past week a Texas school valedictorian used her speech to condemn the passing of the heartbeat bill. The bill essentially bans abortions after six weeks. The young woman claimed the bill was a part of a "war on her body and rights." Many on the left praised her and said it was brave.
If God is so loving, then why not have multiple ways to seek him? It would mean more people would come to him after all. Wouldn't it? Well, not exactly.
We live in an age of love that has overcome judgment. So if we want to hold onto God, do we need to forget about God's judgment or downplay it? I mean, isn't judgment old testament stuff? Doesn't Jesus say it's wrong to judge?
It can be hard to understand an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-loving God. How do we wrap our minds around the idea that God knew Adam and Eve would sin in the Garden and still allowed it?