Failing health of Lockerbie conspirator; Hurricane Irene; bring God’s justice into focus
Hurricane Irene joins the growing list of events that have started national dialogue over the subject of justice. Specifically, God’s justice.
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for Lockerbie bomber Mohmed Ali-Al Megrahi to face justice for his part in the bombing. (http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/2011/08/23/romney-lockerbie-bomber-needs-face-justice) In 2005, Reverend Lewis Logan equated hurricane Katrina to God’s wrath against racism. (http://ridgecrest.blogspot.com/2005_08_01_archive.html) Religious conservative Pat Robertson proclaimed Katrina to be God’s wrath against America. Televangelist Rick Joyner proclaimed that Katrina was a message from God, because it interrupted or forced the reschedule of gay marches and events. (http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/joyner-hurricane-katrina-was-gods-judgment-homosexuality)
With regards to earthly versus Godly justice, there is a dividing line. Jesus instructed us to render unto Cesar what is Cesar’s. Meaning, we are to obey man’s law, by following God’s law. With that, there is a responsibility that we have in our daily lives, as it relates to justice.
We are to fight fire with faith, and not more fire (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A39&version=KJV)
Jesus asked that we not engage; but to turn. This does not mean that law breakers get a free pass; it means that our disposition should not be to fight. We should be quick to turn, and quicker to reconcile.
We are to make God our lead prosecutor (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+12%3A19&version=KJV
It is not for us to invest time in “getting back” at people. God is the ultimate arbiter; the ultimate judge; His own jury. He does not need DNA, and does not need a Supreme Court.
We are to recognize that there are things that we don’t know, and questions we cannot answer (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A45&version=KJV)
Jesus speaks of the sun shining on the evil and the good alike. He also states that it rains on the just and the unjust. Some days, we are the good; others we are not. Some days we are deserving of sun; others, rain. The only one who really knows is you, and God. To assume that there were no Christians impacted by Katrina, none by Irene, would require us to make/proclaim a massive judgment on others. To assume that would mean that we do not believe that
God is capable of pronouncing justice one person at a time.
What does the Bible say about justice?
Leave it to God
Source: Fox News
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