Everyone will face final judgment by God. We know God’s judgment will be fair but what will divine justice entail? Will the unsaved include good people of other faiths? What about people never exposed to the gospel? What about children who die young? I have grappled with these issues for the 21 years since my conversion. I hope this series may stimulate reflection, discussion and prayer.
Today we start a new series, Divine Judgment, which has been prepared by Roy Williams. Roy won the Sydney University Medal in law in 1986 and spent twenty years in the legal profession before turning his hand to writing. His first and best-known book,
God, Actually (2008), was a defence of Christianity for the educated layperson. A best-seller in Australia on release, it has since been published in Britain and North America. Roy’s next two books – In God They Trust? (2013) and Post-God Nation? (2015) – focused on Australian history and society. His most recent book is Mr Eternity: The story of Arthur Stace (2017), which has been a No. 1 best-seller in Christian bookshops across the country.
Reflection: Atheists and agnostics often express outrage at the very idea of divine judgment. Variously they say it is cruel, or distasteful, or just plain incredible. But, if God exists, the idea makes perfect sense. In our own daily lives, each of us routinely passes judgment on other people – spouses, siblings, parents, children, friends, to say nothing of work colleagues or politicians. Our judgments tend to be harsh. Paul warns us in this and other passages (e.g., Rom. 14:10) that no one will escape God’s judgment. Moreover, we should be extremely careful about judging others
by any measure that we would not wish applied to ourselves – a sobering warning also made by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (cf. Matt. 7:2).
Questions: Do you live each day with the prospect of God’s judgment in mind, especially when you find yourself judging others?
Prayer: Father, I recognize that one day I will face Your final judgment. Help me to live my life with that prospect in mind, and to temper my judgment of others accordingly. Amen