Judgment and Justice
I am appalled when I think someone has gotten away with murder. I do not like it
when someone gets away with a crime because of some legal technicality. It is
not fair when terrorists target innocent civilians. There are places in the
world today; in Indonesia and Africa and the Philippines where Islamic
fundamentalists kidnap, torture and kill people not of their faith. On the other
side of the coin, I do not like it when an innocent person is wrongly convicted
for a crime they did not do.
We can all cite examples where an outcome was less than fair. But Christians are
aware of a final day of reckoning. There is a day coming in which the whole
world will be judged. There will be no hung jury or mistrial. God is “the judge
of all” (Psalm 75:; Hebrews 12:23).
The coming judgment will be an expression of God’s righteous nature. He will
take into account both good and evil by upholding good and punishing evil.
Judgment will be definite and righteous. It will also be final. Those who mock
His Divine will today will be judged by it on the last day.
It is by knowing this that the man or woman of faith realizes that history is
headed toward an ultimate goal. In the end, when all has been said and done,
God’s perfect will shall be meted out. The conflict between good and evil will
not last forever, and evil is not the winning side.
At the judgment, everything will matter. If we have chosen the good, though we
have lived in only a small corner of the world for a very short time, with
hardly anyone noticing we are there, it will be noticed and it will matter on
that final day. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that
each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has
done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:10).
There will be justice. We shall believe in Jesus and trust Him to bring our
lives to their very best possible conclusion. In between now and the time we
finally see Him face to face, we may have witnessed many acts of hatred,
unrighteousness and injustice. But we are confident that those issues will be
perfectly and eternally addressed. It is the Lord. Let Him do As seems best to
By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 7.6; June 2000