Thursday, February 18, 2021

Should We Pray For God's Judgment Upon The Wicked?

2nd Corinthians 5:18-20, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Our wicked nation mocks God. Whereas God requires the death penalty (Leviticus 22:14), in the state of Maryland there is a fine for $10 for adultery. It makes me angry. It is wickedness that Americans are so tolerant of wickedness (legalized abortion, legalized homosexual marriages, sodomites adopting children, smut everywhere we turn, corporate theft, et cetera). As a God-fearing Christian I find myself sometimes praying imprecatory prayers (prayers for God to punish the wicked). David prayed for God to knock someone's teeth out! Psalms 58:6, “Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.” I sometimes long to see God's hand of severe judgment fall upon America for our wickedness! This is normal for a righteous person to feel.

However, Jesus didn't come into the world to condemn the world (John 3:17), but to save it (Luke 19:10). I admit that a part of me wants to see the fiery one hour anhelation of the United States, which I believe is prophesied in Revelation chapter 18. We sure deserve it! America spits on the holy God of the Bible. Since 1973 Americans have murdered 60,000,000 human lives by abortion. It is wickedness! So says the Word of God (Exodus 20:13). Albeit, Jesus told His disciples not to pray for fire and brimstone to come down upon the wicked. As believers our mindset should be the same as Christ's, seeking their redemption. ...
Luke 9:54-56, "And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village."
It is God's place alone to avenge and destroy (Romans 12:19-21). Our part is to share the Lord's burden for men's souls. It is easy as a Bible preacher to want to see the world burn for their rebellion against God, but our dear Savior teaches us to pursue compassion, love, mercy; and continue to reconcile lost sinners to God with the power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). What saith the Scripture? ...
2nd Corinthians 5:18-21, “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

We reconcile lost sinners to God with the preaching of the Gospel (i.e., the Good News) of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.So when you find yourself like I do, desiring to see the judgment of God come upon a wicked out of control society, remember that Jesus came into the world, not to destroy people's lives, but to SAVE THEM. Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


John 3:17, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn 
the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

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