The Wrath of God

22 Nov

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The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, John Martin, 1852

The Wrath of God

In recent days we have seen the inhumanity of man in living color.  On our TVs we have seen evil in many forms, Extreme Evil, the Paris bombings, Christians beheaded or crucified, and countries threatening to destroy anyone who doesn’t agree with their religion.

But we also see on a daily basis Everyday Evil,  babies killed in their mothers womb, police murdered for being police, sexual perversion, and Christians persecuted in the name of political correctness.  Evil has invaded our everyday life.  You can not escape hearing about or seeing evil daily, just turn on the news and you will see/hear of another evil deed.

Just recently a junior high teacher in Salem, Utah, assigned a 9th grade class to make a recruitment poster for ISIS.  The purpose was to help students to understand the goals of terrorist organizations. This was just days after the Paris bombings!  In California a teacher wrote a fight song for Islam and taught it to the classes having the class sing the praises of allah.  In the face of Evil we are left wondering about God’s Wrath.  Surely the evil we see now in our daily world is worse than that of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The early church faced everyday evil.  Paul writing to the Roman reminded them that God’s plan for Christians is for the believers to “live by faith”, Rom 1:17, but that God’s wrath is upon the evil people of the world.  Paul says the world is without excuse for not loving and following God but that God has given them over to their depravity.

They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.” Rom 1:29 – 32

In today’s world, we have every evil Paul described to the Romans.  God is the God of love but even in the New Testament He is the God of wrath.  The world has a choice, serve evil and accept the Wrath of God or serve God.  Can you like Joshua say “…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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