Are you getting tired of all the judgmental anger in public life? People yell, protest and condemn others. Riots even break out. Many judge others for their misbehavior, cancelling them, shouting them down or doxing them. Some believe we are in a cultural revolution.
Maybe we are worried about the wrong thing. Rather than the judgement of people, maybe we should worry about the judgement of God. Romans 2:1-4 says, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?” (NIV)
God’s judgement is a frightful thing. The bible describes it as being thrown into a lake of fire or as a place of darkness with tooth-grinding pain. Thankfully there is a way to escape God’s judgement. We accept his grace through faith in Jesus. This journey from fear of judgement to the assurance of grace is displayed in the second verse of Amazing Grace.
“‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed.”
Let’s stop condemning others and reach out to God for his grace.
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