The judge

I-am-the-judge

How does someone respond when a new follower of Jesus asks about the salvation of those in their family or even in their community who had never had the opportunity to do the same?  Our response is simply enough and safe enough because God has declared Himself the only judge.

“Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?” – Genesis 18:25

Abraham asks this same question, I believe in the same context, pleading with God for the salvation of innocent people who did not deserve to be condemned and destroyed along with the guilty. He was appealing to God’s justice, and God responded with grace more than Abraham dared ask.  This crucial question recorded in the first book of the Bible is answered in the last —

And I heard a voice from the altar, saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, your judgments are true and just.” – Revelation 16:7

We are not called as judge – either of God, whose ways we do not fully know, nor of people, whose destiny we are not called upon to settle.

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