Friday, January 11, 2008

Sodom's Time Bomb

"For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it." (Genesis 19:13)

So spoke the angels to Lot when they beheld the great iniquity of Sodom, a city which vexed the souls of righteous men and women.

Sin shall not always stand unanswered; a day of judgement is surely coming when the Lord will act in certain and final justice. Those who have been sorely oppressed with have their long-awaited deliverance, and those who have long been in the wrong will at last be faced with the full consequential weight of the evil they have wrought against the Lord in doing damage to others. This will be a good day.

Our cry in times of prolonged injustice is not background noise in heaven, blended into an assortment of unimportant hums and buzzes, like the steady droning of office equipment. No, it is ever before the Lord. Why, then, doesn't He respond? Why doesn't He answer our cry?
He tarries for many good reasons, all of which we will agree with when viewed from eternity -- but the day will certainly come when He will arise and answer the cry of His children, and all creation will break forth in song.

But in the meantime (and indeed the time way become very mean), remember what Paul the Apostle said, "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us"(Rom 8:18). But do we really have to suffer? Well, consider Bonhoefer's thoughts, written three weeks before he was hanged by the Nazis -- "Time lost is time when we have not lived a full human life; time unenriched by experience, creative endeavor, enjoyment, and suffering."

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