Tuesday, November 17, 2009
God is a God of love but He is also a God who hates evil. He is a God of forgiveness, and second chances, and more, but He is also a God who damns. He cannot be holy and just and not judge sin and sinners in the harshest way possible. This tension is at the very heart of the gospel of Christ. [emphasis added]I emphasized that phrase in there because we so often forget its simple logical reality. God's grace demands His condemnation. If there is no condemnation, then logically, there is no need for grace. Without the very real possibility of God's eternal damnation, His love become a paltry thing.
This also puts to the lie the idea that as Christians we cannot be angry, we cannot condemn, not only can we, but logically we must.
We must be careful, our anger must be rooted in justice, and tempered with wisdom, but angry we are allowed to be.
The next time you feel the impulse to anger growing, do not dismiss it - examine it. If it passes the test, express it. Temper the expression, but demand the justice.