Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Daily Bread: Coexist or Wrath and Mercy

Today’s Reading:

  • Zephaniah 1:1-3:20
  • Revelation 10:1-11
  • Psalms 138:1-8
  • Proverbs 30:11-14
Today’s Thoughts:
4 "So I will stretch out My hand against Judah And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, {And} the names of the idolatrous priests along with the priests. 5 "And those who bow down on the housetops to the host of heaven, And those who bow down {and} swear to the LORD and {yet} swear by Milcom, 6 And those who have turned back from following the LORD, And those who have not sought the LORD or inquired of Him." (Zephaniah 1:4-6)

I am finding that it can get a bit overwhelming to read Minor Prophets because of the wrath and judgment that they are declaring against Israel. The one thing that struck me here is that in between the condemnation of the idolatry of worshiping Baal and Milcom (these two are possibly one and the same along with Molech), the Lord condemns those who seemingly mingle worship of Him with the worship of false gods. I guess I find that it is an interesting dichotomy that God cannot tolerate what our postmodern society lifts up, and our postmodern society cannot tolerate what God demands.

This makes me weep for the droves of people who are being falling led astray and who are headlong into the sin of Bono with his anti-Christian, God-insulting, and otherwise damning coexist campaign.

16 In that day it will be said to Jerusalem: " Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp. 17 "The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. 18 "I will gather those who grieve about the appointed feasts-- They came from you, {O Zion;} {The} reproach {of exile} is a burden on them. 19 "Behold, I am going to deal at that time With all your oppressors, I will save the lame And gather the outcast, And I will turn their shame into praise and renown In all the earth. (Zephaniah 3:16-19)
2 I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

6 For though the LORD is exalted, Yet He regards the lowly, But the haughty He knows from afar. (Psalms 138:2,6)

It is quite amazing that the same God who will crush (in the most complete way possible) those who oppose Him, and He will be righteously just in doing so, will show compassion on the “outcast” and He will have regard for the “lowly” and express His lovingkindness to receive praise and glory from them. The doctrine of God’s infinite, but jealously guarded, mercy and grace is so much more beautiful than a pandering call to coexist.


Anonymous said...

Perhaps God is calling you, in the midst of your certainty that you will avoid God's wrath, to show grace and kindness to those from different faith traditions. Bono is not making ultimate faith claims. He is simply pleading with people of the world not to make religion a reason to hate others. I would hope you and all Christians would agree.

EJ said...

But sharing the truth of the gospel is the essence of showing "grace and kindness from different faith traditions." Without the light of Christ and the new birth by the Spirit, men of all faith traditions will be consigned to just eternal torment.

Showing the grace and kindness you suggest is found in the sharing of the gospel and decrying false gospels, false Christs, and hope.

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