Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Judgment (Part 1)
What In The World?
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (NKJV)
I will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud and abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Isaiah 13:11 (NASB)
Hatred. Warfare. Abortion. Rebellion. Corruption. Irreverence. Occultism. Terrorism. Pornography. Celebrity. Idolatry. Ungodly legislation. Conspicuous consumers. Unwelcome immigration. Confusing politicians. Moral relativity. Gender equality. Glamorized violence. Media mania. Prescription addictions. Confederate flags. Questionable cops. Disrespectful kids. Absentee dads. Overbearing wives. Mean bosses. Gay marriage. Which bathroom? Mass shootings. Crowded jails. Tainted food. Skimpy clothes. Easy s_x...
From irritating to horrifying, from debatable to contemptible, the state of our world sparks righteous concern. What's a God-fearing believer to do? Mustn't we condemn the evil we see? But does condemnation follow judgment?
A grad from AMTC 2000 (before the 'C' in our name stood for Christ),* who is planning to come and SHINE again, emailed me a thought-provoking question:
'I'm hoping to perform at the (upcoming) Shine. Would you be willing to help me understand the kinds of things believing performers may do or have done in the past, that may feel judgmental to mainstream VIPs?'
So far, he's the first to ask this question, and he is prudent to consider it. As an outsider for 51 years, one who experienced worldly success and decided Christians were arrogant, I believe I'm qualified to answer. But first, I urge my beloved brethren to imagine how outsiders see them.
Because it's outsiders to whom we're sent. And if we're ambassadors for Christ, representing a compassionate King, One Who commissions us to spread Good News, One Who encourages immigration, One Who sends us to add to His kingdom, One Who accepts a pledge of allegiance, even from dirty, rotten, no-good guys, do our voices of judgment serve Him well?
To Be Continued...
* See 'The Treadmill Experience' under AMTC's Transformation: http://amtcworld.org/mission/amtcs-transformation/
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment series.