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1/21/15 – When Christians stop witnessing, God judges

Published: Wednesday, 21 January 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

And the Word of God says,

When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. Then the LORD said, "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?  Genesis 18:16-17

The setting for the above Bible passage is the visit of three men to Abraham and Sarah.  You can discover later in the story that two of the men are angels and the third is God or the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God; therefore, I conclude that this is Jesus Christ appearing on earth.  This happens numerous times in the Old Testament.

 

We have something recorded here that God is saying to Himself, "Should I hide something from Abraham?"  What was He going to do?  Destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? I agree that is the ultimate objective, but I want you to look at it a little differently. He's going to destroy them, but first He is going to "judge" Sodom and Gomorrah. That's important when you start reading the dialogue that Abraham is going to have with God.

Guess who is living over in Sodom and Gomorrah at the time of this visit by God: Abraham’s nephew, Lot. The salient question about Lot is Abraham's concept of how God will judge. The destroying of Sodom and Gomorrah is carrying out God’s judgment. You can see Abraham's concern about God’s judgment.  Every one of you has to deal with the concept of God’s judgment. Is there a just God? Can I believe that God will judge this earth fairly and justly? Even if I disagree, do I believe God is just? There are some things that God does (or is going to do) that you will say, "I don't believe in a God that can include small children in His judgment." This is the point where your faith tells you that God is a just God.

I have heard it said that if God doesn't destroy America soon, He would need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. This business about judging Sodom and Gomorrah and looking to see if it is worthy of being saved from judgment prompts many people to draw parallels to America, today. As Abraham argues on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah, we (Christians) are the ones standing between God executing His judgment on America. 

God is in the business of judging. He's in the business of saving and having relationships, but after so long, He says, "I have given them all the chances in the world to have that relationship with me. I must judge them."  This is true for all nations as well as every single individual.

The only thing holding God’s judgment back as we live today is the witness and testimony of Christians as empowered by the Holy Spirit.  God does not want anyone to perish.  However, when Christians stop witnessing to others, God may say, “It is time to judge!”

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