God’s Goodness v. the World’s Guilt

“What injustice have your fathers found in me, that they have gone far from me, have followed idols, and have become idolaters?” – Jeremiah 2:5 (NKJV)

trail-of-tearsThe world constantly tries to find fault with God. It lays the charge of murder at his feet, but it doesn’t see the blood of the innocent splattered on its own. The world cries “foul” because of the Crusades, slavery, the Trail of Tears, and the Holocaust — yet it winks at abortion, euthanasia, and 21st-century genocide. The murder of a Muslim, African-American, Native American, or Jew in the name of God is called “evil” (and it is), but the murder of unborn babies, senior citizens, the handicapped, and Christians is called “good.”

“Woe to those who call evil ‘good’ and good ‘evil’!” (Isaiah 5:20) If the world wants to blame someone, it should look within. All this innocent blood is on the world’s hands, not those of God. It commits murder, not him. God allowed the Crusades, slavery, and the Trail of Tears for his own purposes (Psalm 76:10), but he did not order those people to do such things. Both then and now, those who commit murder do not know God – whether or not they claim him. They will receive swift judgment and just punishment.

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” – Romans 3:19 (NKJV)

God is good. The world is evil.

God is holy. The world is unclean and impure.

God is righteous. The world is sinful and corrupt.

God is true. The world rejoices in lies.

God is just. The world is unjust.

When will the world stop blaspheming the name and character of God – and start praising his goodness? When will the world stop judging God – and start judging itself? When will the world stop blaspheming the servants of God – and start seeking their wisdom, humility, and passion for worship? When will the world just stop?

“The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” – Romans 2:24 (NKJV)

Paul was addressing the Jews in Rome, but this verse can apply to the church today. If we want an unbelieving world to praise God, not blaspheme him, we had better practice what we preach. We had better seek God with our whole hearts and obey his law written on our hearts. However, this uncomfortable truth does not let the world off the hook. It is still guilty and will be judged. All throughout history, God has made himself known through judgment.

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  • The world: Noah and the flood (Genesis 6-8)
  • Sodom and Gomorrah: fire from heaven (Genesis 19)
  • Pharaoh/Egypt: ten plagues and the Red Sea (Exodus 7-12, 14-15)
  • Canaan: the battle of Jericho (Joshua 6)
  • Philistines: David’s slaying the giant Goliath (1 Samuel 17)
  • Israel: its destruction by Assyria (2 Kings 17)
  • Judah: Jerusalem’s destruction and 70 years in Babylon (2 Kings 25)
  • Nebuchadnezzar/Babylon: his seven-year humiliation (Daniel 4)
  • Belteshazzar/Babylon: the handwriting on the wall (Daniel 5)
  • Daniel’s enemies: a lion pit (Daniel 6)
  • Haman: his death on the gallows made for Mordecai (Esther 7)
  • Satan/hell: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28, Colossians 2:15)
  • Israel: Rome’s destruction of Jerusalem and Masada (AD 70)
  • Pompeii: Mount Vesuvius (AD 79)
  • Rome: Visigoths, Attila the Hun, and others (AD 310-476)
  • America: 9-11 (AD 2001)
  • Witchcraft/New Orleans: Hurricane Katrina (AD 2005)
  • Gay pride/Oklahoma: tornadoes (AD 2013)

I pray God’s final judgment on the world – the seven-year Great Tribulation (Revelation 6-19) – comes swiftly. The world needs a taste of its own medicine!


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