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A day of reckoning

Lift up your head! Your redemption draweth nigh.
Lift up your head! Your redemption draweth nigh.
Photo Jennifer Weber 2010

We live in frightening times. The world is changing rapidly, and -- despite what we are told by those in power -- not for the better.

The future, always an uncertain thing, seems more ominous than ever.

Gross sins such as abortion (the murder of unborn children) and homosexuality (lewd perversion) are lauded loudly by the media and endorsed by people of influence.

Christians are cast in the role of dangerous extremists. Even worse than flag-waving patriots, who are not quite as bad as greedy Capitalists, but still pretty bad.

Things we could once take for granted as admirable in America, such as a strong work ethic and personal success and adherence to traditional values, are now considered unsavory character traits.

We are encouraged daily to accept and promote -- and stop resisting -- wicked and godless attitudes, behaviors, philosophies, and lifestyles.

We comply at our peril.

The Word of God pronounces woe upon those who call evil good, and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

And elaborates:

He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him: but to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them. ~Proverbs 24:24-25

Even though it may seem as though the wicked are flying in the face of God with impunity, those who call evil good and good evil, we have been promised in the Bible, will not prevail.

There will be a day of reckoning.

Christians are further cautioned regarding their attitudes toward such evildoers:

Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. ~Proverbs 24:1-2

Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked; for there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out. My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: for their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both? ~Proverbs 24:19-22

Who indeed?

The only One qualified to do the reckoning ... that's Who.

The One before Whom every knee shall bow and every tongue confess (Romans 14:11).

The Creator of the ends of the earth, Who faints not, neither is weary (Isaiah 40:28).

The One Who is before all things, and by Whom all things consist (Colossians 1:17).

Keep your eyes upon the Eastern sky. God is on His throne. The arrogant doers of evil will go on as long as He permits, and not one second more.

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All Scripture quoted and referenced in this article is from the King James Bible.

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Comments

  • Joshua Rivers, Detroit Baptist Examiner 4 years ago

    (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

  • Jennifer Weber, Columbia Baptist Examiner 4 years ago

    Amen, Joshua.

  • John Charleston Conservative Christian Examiner 4 years ago

    Jesus said, "But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors.' For the things concerning Me have an end.” So they (His disciples) said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.” (Luke 35-38)

    Al Houghton in a recent sermon pointed out that Jesus has two sides to his minitry the priestly side and the kingly side. For a long time we have acted in the priestly encouraging the lost to turn to a kind and loving Lord often at the expense of pacifying evil. I agree with the Pastor and with Jesus in Luke that there comes a time when we must call the evil to repentance and if they don't ask for God in the name of Jesus to bring down his judgment upon them.

    I believe your article implies that time is upon us.

    Blessings,
    John