Summary: It is to our benefit that God is our Judge, when we ae able to understand the benefits it changes how we live.
God is Judge
Grant van Boeschoten
October 15, 2006
Chuck Colson is quoted saying, “Without ultimate justice, people’s sense of moral obligation dissolves; social bonds are broken. People who have no fear of God soon have no fear of man, and no respect for human laws and authority.”
This statement could adequately describe what was going on in first century Rome. The culture had it’s own version of what was right, and what was wrong. They had traveled so far down the road of compromise and justification that a new normal had been created. What should have been viewed as sick and twisted had become acceptable and the Romans did not choose to acknowledge God as their God.
Romans 1:28-32 (NASB)
And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
What is your first reaction when you hear those words. For many, a gut reaction is to point the finger of condemnation and thank God that you are not like that.
Why is it that our reaction to evil so many times is to become the judge of evil?
That is the question that Paul is addressing in Romans 2:1
1 "Well," you may be saying, "what terrible people you have been talking about!" But wait a minute! You are just as bad. When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are talking about yourselves, for you do these very same things.
When something goes wrong in someone’s life, isn’t it easy to find the sin that was committed and point it out to your friends.
When a business collapses or when a family breaks apart, is it not your natural reaction to look for the reason why and pass judgment?
Judging others, although it seems to come as second nature, is a very, very dangerous thing to do.
11 Don’t speak evil against each other, my dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize each other and condemn each other, then you are criticizing and condemning God’s law. But you are not a judge who can decide whether the law is right or wrong. Your job is to obey it. 12 God alone, who made the law, can rightly judge among us. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to condemn your neighbor?
James 4:11-12 (NLT)
A major pitfall of judging others is that it can put a curse into someone’s life. Another way of saying that same thing is that you can speak words of death over someone.
Simply by passing judgment you can set up a fellow man for failure.
Prov 18:21 (NASB)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.