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Thoughts about Oswald's Thoughts...about God
May 5, 2008
"Thoughts about Oswald's Thoughts"
"The Lord loves justice...It is I (God) who judges with equite...
For the Lord is a God of justice."
Psalm 37:28; 75:2; Isaiah 30:18
When I first came into my current pastorate roughly 4 and 1/2 years ago, an otherwise kind and loving family left the church because of my unwavering commitment to the Bible as "inspired by God, inerrant and infallible as originally given." They readily accepted the "love and forgivenes" part of God, but they did not believe in His "justice." "Our God is not punitive," the woman said, as she left the church parking lot for the final time.
In the teachings of Jesus Christ the element of judgment
is always brought out - it is the sign of the loving God.
-Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, May 5
Illustration: A child is brutally, raped, beaten and murdered. The guilty man is caught and brought before a judge with whom the child's grieving mother and father await the verdict. The judge says, "Because I am a loving judge I am letting the offender go free without punishment."
Now let's say you are the mother or father in this illustration. How do you feel? A crime has been commited but justice has not been served!
How is "judgment" an example of God's love, as Oswald Chambers suggests?
"We cannot understand the love of God
until we grasp the horror of our sin and
the sacrificial torment that God chose
to pay on our behalf."
I'm interested in your thoughts?
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